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Saturno devorando a uno de sus niños


Start Date: 1819

Completion Date:1823

Style: Romanticism

Series: The black paintings

Genre: mythological painting

Technique: oil

Material: canvas

Dimensions: 83 x 146 cm

Gallery: Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

Tags: Greek-and-Roman-Mythology, Saturn

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. This painting was completed of the walls of his dining room, and is a rendition of Saturn, the Roman mythological character, who, fearing that his children would one day overthrow him, ate each one of them upon their births.

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