19 June 2012
Depicting Greek Myth Cronus
Saturn Devouring His Son is a disturbing portrait painted by Francisco Goya on 1819 onto the walls of his house. Years later he painted over canvas with oils, he intended to raise awareness of the meaning of the Greek Myth Cronus. Cronus, the titan represents destruction and the all-devouring cannibalism animal nature. In fear of a prophecy that he would be in turn be overthrown by his own son, Saturn swallowed each of his children as soon as they were born. This titan is the personification of a very human feeling such as fear of losing power. The characters, colors, and context made this painting a unique piece of art. Saturn Devouring His Son is part of the “Black Paintings” series which depict the Greek Myth Cronus. This painting is exhibited at Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. Saturn Devouring His Son is an oil painting with two peculiar characters in a scene of cannibalistic horror. Cronus with his anxious face, evil gaze, and a maniacal aspect is holding in his hands the headless body of his child and part of the left arm has already been consumed. The right arm has probably been eaten, too. His appearance shows how evil can be, because he is devouring his own son. The titan is at the point of taking another bite from the left arm; as he looms from the darkness, his mouth gapes and his eyes bulge whitely. The way that Cronus is kneeling indicates that he is ready to get up and run. His body indicated his fierce strength and the hair of the disheveled titan as the mane of a lion. The position that he is shows the Cronus fear of loss power over the time, that why he consumed his son. This image looks like when a beast traps his pray and is eager to eat it. Not only are the characters important in this painting also the color plays an important role in the interpretation of Saturn Devouring His Son. The color can say much more than a description. Saturn Devouring His Son,...