Francisco Goya, Saturn Devouring his Son, 1819-1823
Goya did his haunting series of “Black Paintings” on the walls of his home, after he was partially deaf and after the Napoleonic wars had imbibed in Goya a bleak outlook on humanity. They reflect his fear of insanity and the terror, fear and hysteria that became evident in his twisted paintings. They are painted on black backgrounds, with scary motifs and a lot of mythological references. He was in his seventies when he painted them, having already achieved recognition for his art.