Skip to comments.Saturn Devouring His Son - famous painting by Goya
Posted on 11/27/2011 7:47:44 PM PST by EveningStar
"Saturn Devouring His Son is the name given to a painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. It depicts the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus (in the title Romanised to Saturn), who, fearing that he would be overthrown by his children, ate each one upon their birth."
My wife and I saw the real canvas transfer of the painting by Goya (1746-1828) in the Museo del Prado in Madrid several years ago.
I do know how to hotlink graphics, however this painting is highly disturbing, and possibly the product of a disturbed mind.
Click the reference links below to view the painting and read about it.
This is not for everyone. Discretionary viewer participation is recommended.
Wikipedia (additional links here)
The Black Paintings: Saturn
ping to self
It is bizarre, I agree.
You know SOMEONE will be posting the graphic up, but I agree with your reasoning not to.
I wouldn’t say disturbed, as much as it it simply honest.
That is what the mythos teach, that being Chronos or Saturn ate his children to prevent them from overthrowing him.
The reality is probably different, such as Saturn throwing his children into some deep dungeon aeons ago.
cannibalism is a lovely thing.... heh
It’s a metaphor obviously. Like how a tyrant kills the opposition to keep their throne.
Check the “Background” section of the Wikipedia article.
I remember this painting from Art History in college long time ago.
Look up some of Goya’s Disasters of War etchings. Several of the soldiers depicted look a lot like Saturn in this. Specifically one with a Russian type hat (I assume it is a French soldier considering what was going on then).
“Old Men Eating” is somewhat sick as well. Actually all labeled “Dark Paintings” make me thankful Goya isn’t living next door.
I don’t think he was insane, per se.
Moody, definite, but still in control of his senses.
I cannot believe I spelled grotesgue right...it passed spell check...:O)
You spelled it right the first time anyways. Even the description sounds gross.
OOPs every time I try to pat my self on the back I get a cramp in my arm....didn’t spell check the second remark...now I am sad.....:O( gg
Are you an Islamaphobe, EveningStar?
Not to mention the absinthe he drank by the gallon.
Looked kinda like a picture of allah biting off the head of a woman.
Once the vineyards started recovering, they waged a negative
marketing campaign on the usurping beverage, that included
lobbying for laws against the stuff.
I don’t really see your point in posting this. I didn’t look at it and why would I want to?
No, not a metaphor. Children were ritually sacrificed in ancient times as surrogates for the king...see The Golden Bough, The White Goddess.
I’ve seen the painting many timed, growing up...for some reason it didn’t upset me then, but it does now.
Supposedly Goya had the painting hanging in the dining room of his home. Perhaps that’s only apocryphal, or perhaps he really didn’t like having guests over for dinner.
Goya is quite an interesting artist. He painted portraits of the elite. Then during a Spanish civil war, his paintings became very disturbing - depicting atrocities of war in an almost cartoonish manner. I remember several of empalements that I saw in Spain. Paintings by a man who appears to have been plunged into the hell of a very nasty war. He later paintings show raw emotion. Such a contrast from the detail and control of his earlier courtly works.
I never felt the painting corresponded to the myth, because Saturn’s children were the Roman gods such as Neptune and Demeter- they were immortals, and later escaped when Jupiter (the sixth son) forced his father to vomit them up.
I personally think they should start allowing absinthe in the US again. (The real stuff; not the fake absinthe they are selling now.) The art they created while drinking that stuff was extraordinary. Not like the nightmare "art" that heroin has given the art world. (Makes you wonder if Goya was into that!)
Glad you like it. Its not a picture I would return to a museum to study or admire. Prefer a different kind of art.
Now that is real art.....:O) but its a cow not a bull..GG
I read about it and found it to be interesting. I thought others might find it interesting too.
I didnt look at it and why would I want to?
Some might want to look at it. Some might not want to look at it. I posted a warning that it was not for everyone - remember?
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