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Saturn devouting his sons
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de See author's file

Saturn devouting his sons

Ca. 1797. Red chalk on laid paper. Not on display

The predominant figure in this drawing has traditionally been identifies with the god Saturn, who devoured his children at birth. In this composition however the bearded old man devours the bodies of twoadult men, who he had first stripped and disarmed, as evidenced by the clothes and knives lying in the foreground. Technically it is related to the drawings in the Caprichos, though he did not end up making an etching from it. The subject matter is related to the paintings of cannibals he produced in those same years.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Santander, Fundación Botín, 2017, p.85 n.42; 180 n.42


Technical data

Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Saturn devouting his sons
Ca. 1797
Red chalk
Laid paper
Height: 202 mm.; Width: 147 mm.; Alto segundo soporte: 202 mm.; Ancho segundo soporte: 147 mm.
Caprichos [dibujo]

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre, Vie et oeuvre de Francisco de Goya: l' oeuvre complet illustré: peintures, dessins, gravures, Office du Livre, Fribourg, 1970, pp. nº 635.

Gassier, Pierre, Dibujos de Goya. Estudios para Grabados y Pinturas, II, Noguer, Barcelona, 1975, pp. 176.

Salas, Xavier de, Goya Das Zeitalter Der Revolution 1789-1830, Prestel Verlag: Kunsthalle, Múnich ; Hamburgo, 1980, pp. 122-123.

Hofman, Werner, Europa 1789. Auflkarung Verklarung Vergall, Dumont, Colonia, 1989, pp. 334.

Fundaçao Bienal de Sao Paulo, XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo:Nucleo Historico.Antropofagia e Historias de Canibalismo, A Fundaçao, Sao Paulo, 1998, pp. 124.

Melancolie, Genie et Folie en Occident .En Hommage a Raymond..., Reunion des Musees Nationaux, París, 2005.

Matilla Rodríguez, José Manuel, Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya, Fundación Botín, Santander, 2017, pp. 85 n.42; 180 n.42.

Matilla, J.M. Mena M.B., Goya: dibujos. Solo la voluntad me sobra, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2019, pp. 362 nº 247.

Other inventories +

Colección Dibujos Goya (Numeración Sánchez Catón). Núm. 85.

Catálogo Goya, Pierre Gassier y Juliet Wilson. Núm. 635.

Exhibitions +

Solo la voluntad me sobra. Dibujos de Francisco de Goya
19.11.2019 - 16.02.2020

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

Génie et folie en occident. Une histoire de la mélancolie
10.10.2005 - 16.01.2006

Núcleo histórico. Siglo XVII-XIX
Sao Paulo
04.10.1998 - 13.12.1998

Europa 1789
14.09.1989 - 19.11.1989

Update date: 25-04-2020 | Registry created on 24-11-2017

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