At 72 years old, artist Francisco Goya moved into a two-story home outside Madrid, Spain. A 1792 illness had left Goya deaf, and in the following years, he began to acutely feel the effects of the tumultuous political climate surrounding his life and work. Shortly after the Napoleonic Wars, with the Spanish government experiencing unrest, Goya's twilight years saw him develop a negative outlook toward humanity.
From 1819 to 1823, Goya, one of the most famous Romantic artists of the era, began painting dark scenes with unsettling themes on the walls of his home. The series came to be known as the Black Paintings. Although the works weren't intended for the public, upon Goya's death in 1828, his friend and fellow Spanish painter Antonio Brugada cataloged the paintings. Goya never officially named the artwork in the Black Paintings, so the titles come largely from art historians.
The paintings are now in the collection of the Museo del Prado in Spain.