The Colossus (1808-1812) by Francisco Goya

The Colossus - Francisco Goya - 1808 - 1812

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TitleThe Colossus
ArtistFrancisco Goya
Date1808 - 1812
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions116 x 105 cm
Art MovementRomanticism
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid

About The Colossus

“The Colossus” is an artwork by Francisco Goya, created between 1808 and 1812. This oil on canvas measures 116 x 105 cm and is currently housed in the Museo del Prado, Madrid. Goya’s work is an exemplar of the Romanticism art movement and is characterized as a mythological painting.

The artwork in question presents a scene dominated by a towering giant, the central figure looming over a darkened landscape. This mythic colossus casts a formidable silhouette against a streaked and tumultuous sky, embodying the awe-inspiring and emotionally charged aesthetic that is quintessential of Romanticism. Below the giant’s immense form is a sprawling expanse of chaos where diminutive figures–both human and animal–are scattered in a frantic attempt to escape the giant’s presence. The sense of scale and raw emotional power captured here reflects the tumult of the era in which Goya lived, often interpreted as a metaphor for the political and social upheavals of the time. The palette is moody and somber, with flashes of light that punctuate the otherwise dark scene, emphasizing the drama and intensity of the moment depicted.

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