Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Colossus - Goya


Goya is the preeminent painter of monsters—appropriate for a man painting in the period in which Napoleon, chaos and his totalitarian state overtook Goya’s native Spain.

He calls this figure Colossus.*  We might call it Leviathan.

* NB: Recent research suggests the work itself was mapped out by Goya, but painted by an apprentice.

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