When Goya painted his nightmarish Black Paintings directly on to the walls of his country retreat near Madrid he never intended them for public display.
An exhibition by Philippe Parreno, the French artist, has recreated the alarming experience of first viewing them inside the farmhouse, demolished long ago. The Black Paintings are among the most disturbing and priceless works of art housed by the Prado Museum in Madrid.
Parreno rose to international acclaim with a portrait of Zinedine Zidane, the French footballer, using multiple high-definition cameras trained on him during a match with Real Madrid. The Parisian artist said he was never satisfied with the way the Prado displayed Goya’s 14 paintings, depicting Saturn devouring his son, a witches’ coven presided over by the