Industrial Revolution I

Goya's Saturn Devouring One of His Sons

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, Saturn Devouring One Of His Sons, 1821-1823,
143.5 x 81.4 cm (Prado, Madrid)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

One of the"Black Paintings" that Goya painted on the walls of his house outside Madrid. This image was originally located on the lower floor of the house known as “la Quinta del Sordo.” Goya painted on the walls using several materials including oil paint. The "Black Paintings" had suffered significant damage and loss in their original location and when they were removed from the walls and transferred to canvas by Baron Émile d'Erlanger shortly after he aquired the house in 1873. Please note that Saturn is also known as Cronus or Kronus.

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Joel wrote on Sunday, April 01, 2012

The political background really makes this picture, thanks for bringing it out. Kind of reminds me in an oblique way of Dali's Canibalismo en autoño. It would be interesting to contrast the two.

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