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Violent ART of Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya, amazing Spanish artist, one of the most famous painters of 18-19th centuries. He was born in 1746, in Fuendetodos, Spain. Goya began studies in Art as a teenager in Rome. After, he spent several decades working for the Spanish Royal court as a painter.

In 1972 Goya became seriously ill. His condition was fatal, he survived, but could never hear again, he became deaf. It drove him to sever depression, delusion and suddenly his works became dark and sketchy.

One of the most disturbing painting that shows insanity... "Plate 39- heroic feat! With dead men!" From famous series of works by Francisco de Goya "The Disaster Of War" which was created between 1810 and 1820. Goya was deeply affected by the conflict between Spain and Napoleon French Empire and decided to express the war atrocities through his art.

"Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters".

"Saturn Devouring his Son"

Painting based on the Greek myth of the titan Saturn who, according to prophecy, was going to be overthrown by one of his sons.

In this painting, Saturn, the titan of wealth, liberation, and time eating his child to prevent his son from overthrowing him as Saturn did his father. Goya relates Saturn’s wild determination for power to the conflict in Spain.

"The Third of May, 1808: The Execution of the Defenders of Madrid"

Mass executions of Spanish civilians ensued, with hundreds being rounded up and summarily shot by French troops.

Goya’s painting focuses on two groups of men: the firing squad, and Spanish captives – some dead, others in despair.

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