Wonderful sets, gorgeous costumes, stunning photography, superior music--but none of it can overcome the dumb script, the inane direction, and the rotten acting by much of the cast. Franciosa is a poor painter, Goya, who meets Gardner, a duchess, in a local inn. They like each other
immediately but she takes an imagined slight at something he's said. Later, Franciosa is made the official painter of the Spanish court, a deliberate move by Queen Padovani to stick it to Gardner, whom she dislikes. Franciosa learns of a plot by prime minister Nazzari to bring in Napoleon's troops
and tells the king, Cervi, about it. Meanwhile, Franciosa paints Gardner as a Maja (which ...