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Time Devouring Men
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

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

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Time Devouring Men

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

Red chalk over a preliminary outline drawing in black chalk, on laid paper. The figure in this drawing has traditionally been identified as the god Saturn -in Greek mythology, Kronos, or Time-who devoured his newborn sons to prevent future challenges to his power. Here, however, the old man does not eat children but rather adult men whom he has stripped and disarmed, as indicated by the clothes and knives thrown down in the foreground. The figure’s long, unkempt hair, cruel eyes, and self-satisfied smile conjure a terrifying image that Goya would develop years later in the Black Paintings (Madrid, Prado). With regard to technique, this drawing is comparable to those for the Caprichos, and in terms of subject, to the artist’s paintings of cannibals also from the 1790s.

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

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Inventory number
D003941
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Time Devouring Men
Date
Ca. 1797
Technique
Red chalk
Support
Laid paper
Dimension
Height: 202 mm.; Width: 147 mm.; Alto segundo soporte: 202 mm.; Ancho segundo soporte: 147 mm.
Series
Caprichos [dibujo]
Provenance
Javier Goya; Mariano Goya; Valentín Carderera; Mariano Carderera; Museo del Prado, 12-11-1886.

Bibliography +

Gassier, Pierre y Wilson-Bareau, Juliet, 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.

Lafuente Ferrari, Enrique, El mundo de Goya en sus dibujos, Urbión, Madrid, 1979, pp. 3.

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.

Catálogo Gassier, 1975. Núm. II 139.

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Exhibitions +

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

Ligereza y atrevimiento. Dibujos de Goya
Santander
22.06.2017 - 30.09.2017

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

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

Europa 1789
Hamburgo
14.09.1989 - 19.11.1989

Update date: 23-04-2021 | Registry created on 24-11-2017

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