Francisco Goya (1746-1828)


Courtyard with Lunatics, 1794

Francisco Goya (1746-1828)


El Manicomio (The Madhouse), 1812-14

Francisco de Goya


El Aquelarre, 1797-1798

Painting It Black


s11[1] Saturn Devouring His Son-Francisco Goya 1819-1823 The most famous and the most horrific of the disturbing series of paintings that Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house outside Madrid in his later years, the so-called ‘Black Paintings’. The paintings were probably never intended for public view, it was only after his death that they were hacked off and transferred to canvas.

Intensely, hermetically private, the Black Paintings show Goya unmuzzling his fertile, macabre imagination. Traditionally believed to refer to the Greek myth of Cronus (Romanized as Saturn), the titan that devours each of his children in turn. Goya’s visceral masterpiece shockingly highlights the cannibalistic frenzy and wild-eyed derangement of the Father of the Gods as he holds the torso of the half-consumed body towards his gaping mouth. Whereas the Italian humanists of the Renaissance had, in their re-interpretation of Classical mythology, concentrated on cavorting nymphs in sunlit Arcadian…

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Francisco de Goya


Unholy Union, ca.1801-3 or ca.1813-19

Francisco de Goya


Plague Hospital, 1798-1800

Francisco de Goya


Fire at Night, 1793-1794