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Goya, Francisco, 1746-1828.
e Artist : painter
Saturn devouring one of his sons.
b 146 x 83 cms.
c Mural tranferred to oil on canvas.
Beginning Date: 1819
Completion Date: 1823
This disturbing painting is one of the fourteen known as the "black paintings" with which Goya decorated the dining an living rooms of his home, called the "Quinta del Sordo", which he bought in 1819 on the banks of Madrid's Manzanares river. Seventy years after they were painted, the house's owner decided to have them taken down and transferred to canvas given their deteriorated condition. Saturn Devouring one of his Sons" was one of the six works decorating the dining room. It depicts a mythological theme- about the god Saturn or Cronos- acting as an allegorical representation of time. The god devoured, as time does to all that it creates, the children born to his wife Cibele: he feared that one would dethrone him.
Style: Spanish Rococo Era/Romantic.
t Art and Art History Collection (Saskia)
Closeup; Saturn devouring one of his sons.