oil on tin plated iron

Francisco Goya, Yard with Madmen, 1794, oil on tin-plated iron, 43.8 x 32.7 cm, Meadows Museum, Dallas. Source

Francisco Goya, The Madhouse, 1815-1819, oil on panel, Museo de la Real Academia de San Fernando, Madrid. Source

It’s no secret that Francisco Goya was quite obsessed with dark themes of death, illness and clinical madness, and by the end of the 18th century, the artist’s own health was deteriorating, thus strengthening his interests. The mental asylum, and its patients, was frequently depicted in the art of the Spanish Romanticists.