Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Gaiman, Goya, Dringenberg, and Jones

I noticed a possible homage to Francisco Goya in Sandman, on page 205 of the Preludes and Nocturnes collection.

The character of John Dee is a withered husk of a man, completely insane and homicidal. The artists Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III draw him much like Goya's painting Saturn Devouring His Son.

Saturn is one of Goya's Black Paintings, which depict themes of turmoil and despair. Goya began these paintings at the age of 72 after becoming deaf and disillusioned with humanity after the Napoleonic Wars.

Goya did 14 of these paintings, directly onto the walls of his home. They were never meant for public display.

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