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Unsettling Paintings by Great Artists- “Saturn Devouring His Son” by Francisco Goya

Francisco Goya

One of the most famous and disturbing works by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Between the years of 1819 and 1823, Goya painted a series of paintings on the walls his villa at Quinto del Sordo, all of which portrayed terrible, fantastical, or morbid imagery. These paintings are now called the Black Paintings, referring to the mental state of Goya during this dark time in his life, due to his bout with illness, which made him deaf, as well internal strife in Spain. Saturn Devouring His Son was based on the Greek myth of the Titan Chronus (Romanized to Saturn) who feared that he would be overthrown by one of his children. His solution was to eat each one upon their birth.

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