Goya demonstrated his technical ability as an oil painter, draftsman and engraver. His interest in artistic research led him, as an old man, to embark on the newly discovered technique of lithography, a new method for engraving. He also experimented at the end of his days with miniatures on ivory.
However, to understand his work, techniques he never practised must be studied, because he worked with the artisans in charge of them, in particular, tapestry weavers.
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