During the latter part of his life, before he moved to France, where he died, Goya covered the walls of his Deaf Man's House with his famous "black paintings" the last and most weird and extrovert of his strange and haunted genius. Some of his visions seem to go deeper into the dark recesses of the mind than we are capable of penetrating. One, "Saturn Devouring one of his Children", is one of the most horrifying pictures ever painted.

His life built up to a climax, isolations and despair provided the conditions in which he produced his innermost masterpieces. In many ways he personified the spirit of Spain, where the power and beauty of death seemed to brood in the air.

Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

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