Initially, the work of the great and outstanding genius was not at all a picture in the usual sense, but a painting that adorned one of the walls in the artist’s house. She was transferred to the canvas after almost half a century since its creation by the hand of Salvador Kubels.
The masterpiece is included in the cycle of “Dark Pictures” dedicated to dark, mystical and frightening images. And really the impressions of the canvas are very bright. You can not understand and not love him, but it is rather difficult to remain indifferent. The work was written in a big way – 4 meters 38 cm wide and 1 meter 40 cm high. Guests who visited the abode of the artist, sometimes were discouraged and amazed to the depths of the soul with a series of demonic motifs.
The main and distinguished image is the black goat, which undoubtedly personifies the devil himself. The protagonist is endowed with human features. He is dressed in a dark robe, his gaze is turned to the crowd gathered around, obviously, he is saying something and gesticulating. Humanization makes this image even more sinister, it does not seem ephemeral, but quite real. It really scares, because there is nothing worse than the enslaved human mind.
The crowd approaching the devil is nothing but a bunch of witches, that same sabbath. Witches are depicted with ugly distorted faces, in bent poses expressing admiration and submission. The eyes of people are eagerly staring at Satan, they catch every word and movement.
The canvas is written using dark, gloomy shades. Thanks to this technique, a heavy, oppressive, almost suffocating atmosphere is achieved. It is not surprising that at that time the society could not appreciate the work at its true worth. It was not accepted and wild.
Critics say that Goya was inherent in the use of metaphors and symbols. Connoisseurs of the history and culture of Spain at that time argue that the picture is a bright satire on the inertia of views and the absurdity of society.