Zombies and Creatures in Art History. The Miracle of St Anthony by Goya

Zombies and Creatures in Art History. The Miracle of St Anthony by Goya
Isabel del Rio

Zombies and Creatures in Art History. The Miracle of St Anthony by Goya. An incredible legend! St Anthony gets a deceased answers some important questions from an important judge in Lisbon, Portugal.


The Miracle of St Anthony by Goya

You know, zombies and undead are trend today. However, they have been really popular in other centuries too and great artists were inspired by the topic.

Today, enjoy Francisco de Goya frescoes in the dome of the San Antonio de la Florida chapel in Madrid, Spain.

Can a dead man return to life? Well, our traditions are full of stories that confirm this idea.

The frescoes by Francisco de Goya were completed over a six-month period in 1798. They represent miracles by Saint Anthony of Padua. On the dome of the chapel Goya depicted Saint Anthony raising a dead man to proof his father innocence in front of a judge. In fact, Saint Anthony father, Lord of Bulhoes, had been accused of stealing the king.

Goya, instead of portraying the scene as occurring in thirteenth-century, he transferred the miracle to contemporary Madrid and people, as in current TV series, are excited seeing an undead speaking.

Things never change!

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you.

** Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828) was a Spanish artist regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns.

“Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.” Francisco de Goya.

**Anthony of Padua, also known as Anthony of Lisbon, was a Portuguese Catholic priest and friar of the Franciscan Order.

“The life of the body is the soul; the life of the soul is God.” St Anthony

Anyway and beyond the topic and the zombies, these paintings are master pieces.

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Isabel del Rio

Managing Editor at Yareah® Magazine. Author of ‘Ariza’ (2008) and ‘The Girls of Oil’ (2010)

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