Francisco Goya (1746-1828)
The Black Paintings is a collective name given to Goya’s 14 murals found in his home, the Quinta del Sordo (Deaf Man’s Villa) in Madrid. They portray intense, haunting themes, reflective of both his fear of insanity and by then, his bleak outlook on humanity.
The murals were painted between 1819 and 1823 and were later transferred onto canvas in 1874. They are now held in the Museo del Prado in Madrid.
Francisco Goya was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker. The subversive and imaginative element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Picasso, Manet and Francis Bacon.