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THE MISTERY OF GOYA´S HEAD

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When in 1888 the Spanish consul in Bordeaux ordered the mortal remains of Francisco de Goya to be exhumed for the first time, he was astounded to discover that the corpse’s head was missing. The consul sent a telegram to Spain, which said: “Located Francisco de Goya’s corpse, but the cranium is missing”, to which the Spanish government answered: “Send Goya’s corpse with or without the cranium”.

When the mortal remains of the great painter arrived in Spain, they were first laid to rest in the Sacramental de San Isidro cemetery and later, in 1919, they were transferred to his definitive resting place in the church of San Antonio de la Florida.

As for the true reason for the missing head of Goya’s corpse, there are several theories, almost all of them with little foundation...

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