The Madhouse [La casa de locos]
Oil on panel • Romanticism • 45 x 72 cm • 1808/1812 • Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
The Madhouse is an oil on panel he produced it between 1812 and 1819 based on a scene he had witnessed at the then-renowned Zaragoza mental asylum. It depicts a mental asylum and the inhabitants in various states of madness.
Heading over to look while I listen at Oannes!
I blew up the Madhouse. poo-tin belongs in there, but I didn’t see him.
If he painted this today, it would’ve been so packed, it would take him a lifetime to complete!!!
I think some people, especially women, were committed for financial or other dishonorable reasons on the part of the family. So their madness might have arisen from being forced to live in a place like that.
I’m pretty sure that 5 minutes in there would suffice to make someone mad!
This is a incredible painting, Marina. It captures the horror and despair of those madhouses. The confusion, the uncertainty, and feeling of being trapped speaks to a greater conversation. I agree with Tim and Martina – resonates with our current reality.
I couldn’t agree more, Rebecca and this was the reason why I chose this painting over others. It really does resonate with our current state! Thank you, my dear friend!
Looking at that painting, any where were not mad are surely to become so!
And I agree with Tim!
Crazy, right?!!!! 😉
It’s an absolutely great picture and as Timothy said perfect also for our days! I have just seen a great Goya exhibition in Basle, Switzerland! Many thank, Marina:)
Yes it is indeed!
Thank YOU, Martina. Glad you enjoyed the journey. 🙏
A double birthday today! I went back to your original Goya post – yep – a remember a bit of it. Yamas!
Amazing right? Both born on the same day!
Yamas, my friend!
Perfect painting for life these days. Happy birthday, Goya.
Isn’t it?!!!! I was going to add another painting but as soon as I saw this, it just made …sense! 😉