What Does An Artist Owe to Society? The Nerdwriter Looks at Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son”

Evan Puschak, who critiques pop culture online as The Nerdwriter, usually sticks to discussing the ways film and television affect us, dissecting trends in Hollywood, and, more recently, looking at current politics. His videos include “See with Your Ears: Spielberg and Sound Design,” “How David Fincher Hijacks Your Eyes,” and “Intertextuality: Hollywood’s New Currency.” In one of his latest videos, however, he digs into a piece of art.

In a video titled, “The Most Disturbing Painting” he looks at the context around Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devouring His Son,” looking at the myth of Saturn, Goya’s life, and Spanish politics before exploring a pretty heady topic: how does your art change if you’re making it purely for yourself? The video is an incredibly compelling case for art in the face of war, oppression, and an uncaring universe, and you can and should watch it below.

[via Laughing Squid!]

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