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That is one smart ass. Sorry it had to be done.
By: David Walston on December 11, 2013
I'd be running if I saw a naked giant too. Good thing he put those clouds around the giant's rear end to obscure it a bit.
By: PT Dilloway on December 11, 2013
To me it seems we are witnessing deeply personal and all powerful rage...
By: The Broad on December 11, 2013
Seems he had some strange demons running rampant in his head.
By: Scott Cody Park on December 11, 2013
First off, your page is truncated on the right side. Additionally, some links to images are broken. Donkey's are often used to protect livestock from coyotes and wolves. Instinctively that may include giants too! ;-)
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 11, 2013
seems a lot of rage in it.
By: TexWisGirl on December 11, 2013
Seeing that I adore donkeys.....I know why the giant doesn't frighten him. He is in charge, in control and is calm. Donkeys are not like horses, they don't spook easily, they analyze their situations. They are not long suffering but rather they just give it their all. So it does not surprise me in the slightest that Goya would have recognized the grace of the donkey and painted it that way. Oma Linda
By: Oma Linda on December 11, 2013
I've never seen that painting before--it's VERY unsettling!!
By: fishducky on December 11, 2013
Fascinating work -- it makes me want to sit the artist down for a cup of tea and a calming chat.
By: mimi on December 11, 2013
It's always so interesting when you do posts about a particular piece. I am not sure I would of noticed the singular donkey that seems calm. Perhaps he is a fatalist and he is thinking whatever happens...happens. OR maybe being a pack animal he is praying for death.
By: Cheryl P. on December 11, 2013
Perhaps this small donkey does not understand the horrors of war- but then again perhaps he is stubbornly resisting the urge to panic as he waits for his rider to pick himself off the ground so the donkey can take him to a safer place. Thanks Stephen for our art history lesson!
By: Kathe W. on December 11, 2013
The donkey is definitely smarter than everyone else. I have never met a dumb donkey. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 11, 2013
I love Goya.
By: Michael Offutt on December 11, 2013
The giant is maybe his illness personified... The donkey, perhaps what small part of him that is left to be rational, to fight the onslaught of chaos. Then again, it could just be a really obnoxious donkey... Cat
By: Cat on December 11, 2013
Well, thank goodness Goya gave us only a rear shot. If the giant turned around, I bet even the donkey would haul ass (pun intended).
By: Al Penwasser on December 11, 2013
Definitely it has the quality of a nightmare. I only fully appreciated Goya when I saw a whole group of his paintings in the Prado last year. Maybe a donkey is too stupid to care. Perhaps it's the stupid donkeys who are OK in the fact of horror. There's some truth in that.
By: Jenny Woolf on December 11, 2013
I just hope that giant isn't feeling gassy!
By: Catalyst/Bruce on December 11, 2013
I love big strong muscular men myself. Perhaps Goya was painting his fantasy?
By: Bouncin Barb on December 11, 2013
To me it seems as if the giant is representing a really bad storm, a tornado or hurricane perhaps. Interesting picture, and definitely one that raises more questions than it has answers.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 11, 2013
After David Walston, how could I ever come up with a smart comment? So, just ... interesting art lesson.
By: tom sightings on December 11, 2013
Your comments on art are certainly informative and lead to questions about what is going on.
By: red on December 11, 2013
I am not a good interpreter of art. Perhaps they fear a cloud of noxious gas.
By: Val on December 11, 2013
What an amzing piece, thank you for sharing .
By: John on December 12, 2013
Could the donkey be frozen with fear? Just a thought.
By: Bryan Jones on December 12, 2013
PT Dilloway's comment is funny! Yes, I always find it prudent to run when there's a naked giant around. ;)
By: Lexa Cain on December 12, 2013
How come is okay to see a woman's bare arse in a painting, but a man's has to covered in clouds? Not that I have any interest in seeing his arse.. just sayin'.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 14, 2013
Fascinating! And your discussion of the paining reminded me of this comic. I read it last week & thought "Stephen needs to see this!" http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?id=3204#comic
By: The Bug on December 17, 2013
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