Why Francisco Goya painted the most visceral and striking images in history

The year is 1819. Napoleon has invaded Spain in a storm of victories. King Charles IV has abdicated into the night, and his son, the rightful heir, has been replaced by Napoleon’s older brother, ‘the Imposter’. Unrest spreads across the land as the French sack and conquer major ports and cities, and every provisional government is ineffective, corrupt, if anywhere to be found. A painter, recovering from a series of a number of serious illnesses and going deaf, retreats into his cottage, alone, and begins painting on the walls. …


Edit: Coincidentally, I released this article on the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima’s nuclear bombing by the US. This Medium feature becomes even more relevant. You can view my original post at Waves of Paper.

On November 10, 2015, at 10:52 p.m., Elijah Hughes laid down his arms and surrendered against Epithelioid Sarcoma (pediatric cancer), his small frame silent and still.

He was just ten years old but had already touched so many lives, and his parents would go on to deliver his memory — and his battle — to us, the fortunate. …

Walker Burgin

Sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill, interested in too many things for too little time.

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