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Goya’s black paintings: Two friars

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
Francisco Goya - Black paintings - Two friars

Two friars

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. It has been suggested that the bearded old man may have been Goya himself, perhaps listening to the call of death?

The two friars is on display in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

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