Janis Angela Tomlinson
Janis A. Tomlinson is an internationally recognized authority on the Spanish artist Francisco Goya y Lucientes and his era and author of Goya: A Portrait of the Artist (Princeton University Press, 2020). In December 2020 she was awarded the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica for her contribution to knowledge of the culture and history of Spain.
Her books on Goya and painting in Spain have been translated into six languages. They include Graphic Evolutions: The Print Series of Francisco Goya and Francisco Goya: The Tapestry Cartoons and Early Career at the Court of Madrid – the inspiration for a reinstallation of those paintings at the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Goya in the Twilight of Enlightenment, published three years later, offered a reappraisal of the artist’s mid-career within the political and social context of his era. A more general study of Goya and another of painting in Spain followed before Tomlinson served as co-curator with the late Francisco Calvo Serraller of an exhibition of Goya’s imagery of women, a joint project of the Museo del Prado, Madrid and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She was lead author of the exhibition catalogue, Goya: Order and Disorder (2014).
Her lectures, in English and Spanish, have taken her to universities and museums in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and Argentina. She has been an invited speaker at international symposia at the Universidad de Zaragoza (keynote); the 24th Historical Clinicopathological Conference at The University of Maryland School of Medicine; The National Gallery and the Courtauld Institute London; the Museo del Prado, Madrid; the Musée du Louvre, Paris; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico City and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. She was appointed a member of the advisory committee of the Fundación Goya in Aragón in 2019.
Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson International Fellowship as well as grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She has twice won the Eleanor Tufts Award (given for a distinguished publication in English on a topic pertaining to the art and architecture of Spain and Portugal by the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies).
Beyond writing and sharing her passion for Goya, her interests include yoga and meditation, discovering new museums or re-discovering old ones, animal welfare, walks -- usually with her faithful canine companions, Bella and Rocky – and, of course, reading.
Awards and Recognition
- In December 2020, Tomlinson was awarded the Royal Order of Isabel la Católica for her contribution to knowledge of the culture and history of Spain.
- American Association of Publishers 2021 Prose Award (Biography and Autobiography)
Press and Media Mentions
- Review: Peter Schjeldahl, “Waves of Change: Goya and the art of survival,” The New Yorker, 9/21/2020
- Review: Michael Prodger, “An ordinary genius,” The Sunday Times, 10/4/2020
- Review: Honor Clerk, “From light into darkness,” The Spectator, 11/14/2020
- Review: Isabelle Kent, “Goya: A Portrait of the Artist,” Apollo Magazine, 2/2021
- Interview Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes
- Interview: Marshall Poe, New Books Network
- Review: Tom Stammers, "No Looking Away," London Review of Books, 12/16/2021