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Dr. Janis Tomlinson Decorated as Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella I

October 18, 2022

​Tonight, on behalf of His Majesty King Felipe VI, Ambassador Cabanas named Dr. Janis A. Tomlinson Officer of the Order of Queen Isabella I (Cruz de Oficial de la Orden de Isabel la Católica). Open to both Spanish and foreign citizens, the honor recognizes extraordinary civil achievements that contribute to friendship and cooperation between Spain and the international community.

Dr.  Tomlinson is an internationally recognized authority on the Spanish artist Francisco Goya y Lucientes and his era. Her awards include the American Association of Publishers 2021 Prose Award (Biography and Autobiography), a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Center International Fellowship.

Her biography, Goya: A Portrait of the Artist (Princeton, 2020); Goya Retrato de un artista (Catedra, 2022) has won extensive praise.

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).