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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title A manola, doña Leocadia Zorilla Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title Pilgrimage to St. Isidore’s hermitage Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title The witches’ sabbath or the great he-goat Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title Two friars Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title Saturn devouring one of his children Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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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

Artist Francisco Goya Title Judith and Holofernes Year 1819-1823 Technique Mural (later converted to canvas) Current location Museo 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...

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