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GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23. Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23

GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23. Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23



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GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23. Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23

GOYA: SATURN, 1819-23.
Saturn Devouring a Son. Oil by Francisco Goy, 1819-23

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This print showcases Francisco Goya's iconic masterpiece, "Saturn Devouring a Son". Painted between 1819 and 1823, this oil painting depicts the terrifying mythological scene of Saturn devouring one of his own children. Goya's artistic genius is evident in every brushstroke, as he skillfully captures the raw emotions and grotesque nature of this ancient tale. The image portrays Saturn, also known as Cronus in Greek mythology, as a monstrous figure with bulging eyes and contorted features. His powerful grip on his son conveys both desperation and madness. The dark hues used by Goya enhance the eerie atmosphere surrounding this horrific act of cannibalism. Goya's work often delved into themes of religion and human nature, reflecting the turbulent times in which he lived. In "Saturn Devouring a Son" he explores the complex relationship between fatherhood and power through an allegorical lens. This print allows us to appreciate Goya's mastery from up close. It invites us to ponder upon the darker aspects of humanity while marveling at his technical brilliance. Whether you are drawn to its unsettling beauty or intrigued by its historical significance, this artwork serves as a haunting reminder that even gods can succumb to their darkest impulses.

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