web analytics

On art and artists

Goya’s black paintings: Two men fighting with clubs

Posted by on 19 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Two men fighting with clubs

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleTwo men fighting with clubs Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Two men fighting with clubs is far brighter than any of the downstairs paintings. The scenery is attractive and peaceful. The blackness of this painting is not in the colours but in the subject matter. That is far from peaceful and contrasts sharply with the pretty background. The two men dueling with a stick are buried knee-deep in the sandy ground so that they can’t flee: This is...

read more

Goya’s black paintings: Two old people eating

Posted by on 14 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Two old people eating

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleTwo old people eating Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain The exact location of Two old people eating in Goya’s house is uncertain. Because of its size (50cm high, 80cm wide) most experts assume it was painted above one of the doors. Whether it was upstairs or downstairs is unclear. What exactly is depicted is also entirely unclear. The painting has been called Two old people eating, Two witches, Two old women eating, Two old men eating, and...

read more

Goya’s black paintings: A manola, doña Leocadia Zorilla

Posted by on 12 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: A manola, doña Leocadia Zorilla

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleA manola, doña Leocadia Zorilla Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain A manola, doña Leocadia Zorilla is also known as A manola or The Leocadia. Manolo (female form manola) is a nickname for an inhabitant of the low quarters of Madrid. The woman on the painting is probably Leocadia Zorilla, Goya’s live-in housekeeper, with whom he may have had a relationship. She is apparently in mourning, leaning on a funeral mound – possibly Goya’s?...

read more

Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage

Posted by on 11 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitlePilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain The room downstairs was dominated by two huge paintings (about 4.30 metres wide and 1.40 metres high): The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat and Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage. St. Isidore is the patron Saint of Madrid. His feast (15 May) is a local holiday. His relics are kept at the Church of St. Andrew (Madrid). Goya has painted this subject...

read more

The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat

Posted by on 11 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 1 comment

The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleThe witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain The room downstairs was dominated by two huge paintings (about 4.30 metres wide and 1.40 metres high): Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage and The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat. The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat is also known as The great he-goat, Sabbath, or The witches gathering. A gathering of witches with deformed faces, on the...

read more

Goya’s black paintings: Two friars

Posted by on 7 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Two friars

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleTwo friars Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain We do not know if the two men on The two friars are indeed friars – the title of the painting dates from well after Goya’s death. The painting is also known as An old man and a monk, or Two old men. The first thing we notice when looking at The two friars is the contrast between the two men: One is an old, bearded, dignified man, the other deformed, almost beastly, without a trace of dignity....

read more

Goya’s black paintings: Saturn devouring one of his children

Posted by on 6 Nov 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 3 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Saturn devouring one of his children

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleSaturn devouring one of his children Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Saturn devouring one of his children probably formed a pair with Judith and Holofernes, the painting we discussed in my previous article. It is the most gruesome, but probably also the best known, of the black paintings. It depicts a scene from classic mythology. Saturn (in Greek mythology: Cronos) has been told that one day he would be overthrown by one of his sons. To prevent...

read more

Goya’s black paintings: Judith and Holofernes

Posted by on 30 Oct 2006 in Art, Black paintings, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Goya’s black paintings: Judith and Holofernes

ArtistFrancisco Goya TitleJudith and Holofernes Year1819-1823 TechniqueMural (later converted to canvas) Current locationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) is one of the greatest Spanish artists of all times. His work includes portraits, history (especially war) scenes, religious subjects, and cartoons. Goya has been the official court portrait painter and painted the portraits of Spanish royalty and nobility, but at the same time painted scenes from daily life and ordinary people. Towards the end of...

read more

Hayez’s Melancholy

Posted by on 29 Oct 2006 in Art, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Hayez’s Melancholy

ArtistFrancesco Hayez TitleMelancholy Yearc.1840-1842 TechniqueOil on canvas Current locationPinacoteca Brera (Brera Gallery), Milan, Italy Francesco Hayez (1791-1882) painted mainly historical subjects and portraits. He was clearly an exponent of the Romantic movement. Melancholy is depicted here as a young and beautiful woman, with a very melancholic expression indeed. Influences of the romantic period are very obvious in this painting. Melancholy is on display in the Pinacoteca Brera (Brera Gallery) in Milan (where it is called...

read more

Da Vinci’s Annunciation

Posted by on 29 Oct 2006 in Art, Masterpieces | 0 comments

Da Vinci’s Annunciation

ArtistLeonardo da Vinci TitleAnnunciation Yearc.1475 TechniqueOil on wood Current locationGalleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a brilliant scientist and artist: He was painter, sculptor, and musician, but also architect, anatomist, engineer, inventor, and mathematician. Annunciation is an early work of Leonardo. He probably painted it between 1472 and 1475. On the left we see the archangel Gabriel, greeting Mary. On the right, Mary, interrupted in her reading, startled, troubled. The angel carries a white...

read more