Saturn Devouring His Son - Francisco Goya(c. 1819 - 1823)One of the 14 “Black Paintings” Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house, this piece was never intended to be shown publicly- in fact, it’s rumored that Saturn may have even had an erect penis before it deteriorated or was painted over once transferred to canvas.An elderly Goya had a darkening mood at this time in his life, and indeed- these paintings are quite grotesque and dismal.I’ve always liked this piece, but I’ve always felt saying so is embarrassing, ‘cause lets face it- it’s a gory piece and I’d imagine folks would think it strange for someone to actually enjoy something this horrific.The fact that I’d hang it in my own home probably doesn’t help my case either- but let me put it this way…I’m a squeamish person, and as dark as my tastes may be, I don’t see myself as a brooding individual. When I want to make something happy or euphoric, I think the art will reflect that- and when I want to convey something bad- well…I’ll go all out. Artistic gore works a little differently for me. I don’t look at this artwork and think the man who painted it would be a demented individual. I draw stylized gore all the time and I’m not a violent person. What I see on the canvas of something like this is human instinct- raw carnal desires expressed in an intelligent way.But the meaning of the art is not as important to me as the imagery that goes with it- furthermore, if you’re familiar with the mythology…Saturn’s children eventually escape their father’s belly and go on to rule over mortals.So…with this piece by Goya in mind, the visual of his children piecing themselves back together from meat chunks is pretty sweet.They are after all…immortals and cannot necessarily die.

Saturn Devouring His Son - Francisco Goya
(c. 1819 - 1823)

One of the 14 “Black Paintings” Goya painted directly onto the walls of his house, this piece was never intended to be shown publicly- in fact, it’s rumored that Saturn may have even had an erect penis before it deteriorated or was painted over once transferred to canvas.

An elderly Goya had a darkening mood at this time in his life, and indeed- these paintings are quite grotesque and dismal.

I’ve always liked this piece, but I’ve always felt saying so is embarrassing, ‘cause lets face it- it’s a gory piece and I’d imagine folks would think it strange for someone to actually enjoy something this horrific.

The fact that I’d hang it in my own home probably doesn’t help my case either- but let me put it this way…

I’m a squeamish person, and as dark as my tastes may be, I don’t see myself as a brooding individual. When I want to make something happy or euphoric, I think the art will reflect that- and when I want to convey something bad- well…I’ll go all out. Artistic gore works a little differently for me. I don’t look at this artwork and think the man who painted it would be a demented individual. I draw stylized gore all the time and I’m not a violent person. What I see on the canvas of something like this is human instinct- raw carnal desires expressed in an intelligent way.

But the meaning of the art is not as important to me as the imagery that goes with it- furthermore, if you’re familiar with the mythology…

Saturn’s children eventually escape their father’s belly and go on to rule over mortals.

So…with this piece by Goya in mind, the visual of his children piecing themselves back together from meat chunks is pretty sweet.

They are after all…immortals and cannot necessarily die.


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