Goya Route

Goya Route


Through this route, we will follow in the footsteps of Goya in Zaragoza; frescos, portaits and engravings will bring us closer to the personality of the most universally known Aragonese artist.


The sixteenth century saw the city of Zaragoza given a facelift, with the construction of numerous palatial homes that reflect the financial prosperity of the Kingdom of Aragon. They are placed in the area around the Seo Cathedral, within the old city walls. The high nobility chose to settle in Calle del Coso, the most prominent and spacious street in the city. These palaces are based on a model that would be consolidated as the century wore on, although there was an evolution of its formal elements. They have four floors: a basement, the ground floor, the first floor and the loft. The basement is dug into the ground itself and is used as a store room, wine cellar and stable; the lighting and ventilation are made possible by the openings cut into the lower part of the façade. Indoors, the ground floor features the hallway and courtyard or `luna` (literally `moon`, but referring to an open courtyard) around which the rooms are arranged. The courtyard is split into two floors, the bottom of which features banded imposts, while the upper is open with semicircular arches; this is one of the areas where the greatest emphasis is placed on decoration, which is sometimes played out in a complex iconographic programme, as in the case of the Palacio de Gabriel Zaporta. This lower part houses the summer rooms, kitchens and service rooms. The staircase leading to the `noble` floor, where the main lounges or `studies` were located, rises up from the courtyard. The loft includes a `mirador` (a type of bow window) or an arched gallery, normally semi-circular. The interior layout of the palace is reflected in the façade, which reproduces the floor-based plan.


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