CONSTRUCTION of a museum dedicated to Spanish artist Francisco Goya has been halted due to a lack of money.
The project was started in 2009 in order to house a growing collection of his work.
But the initiative has been stopped after funding for the construction of new museums was axed by the culture ministry.
Goya’s home town of Fuendetodos in Aragon, where the new space was being built, already has a museum dedicated to its favourite son.
The artist’s former home, which he lived in until the age of six, attracts 25,000 visitors a year having been renovated by the town hall.
Goya is one of Spain’s most famous artists due to his depictions of the Spanish Peninsular War, and inspired the likes of Manet and Picasso.
“The ministry, the organisation that has helped us the most to realise the museum, told us that there is no funding for museums in construction in 2013,” said Fuendetodos mayor, Joaquín Gimeno.