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Webcomics: Andrew Sztehlo

La Quinta Del Sordo: Goya and the Black Paintings
Black and white line drawing. Webcomic in a square format with a few panels arranged around a central pair of glaring eyes. The visuals depict an older man in the early 1800s walking up to a villa in Spain called La Quinta Del Sordo (Villa of the deaf). He moved here to get away from nobility and express violent wartime ugliness he'd witnessed and in that Villa he created the Black Paintings, a testament to his artistic genius.
Black and white line drawing. Webcomic in a square format with a few panels arranged around a central pair of glaring eyes. Half of the visuals depict an older man inside a dark house holding a paintbrush and palette. The other half show the views he saw out the window of a river with a woman cleaning linen in it. The words provoke thought about Goya’s paintings in the house. No one else saw them, they were painted for his eyes alone. What did they mean?
Black and white line drawing. Webcomic in a square format with a few panels arranged around a central pair of glaring eyes. The amorphous panels around the eyes are very dark and show grotesque and surreal figures gurning and looking in pain. The text in the centre alludes to these paintings by Goya gathering around him as his health declined as an expression of existential terror.
Black and white line drawing. Webcomic in a square format with a few panels arranged around a central pair of glaring eyes. Half of the visuals depict an older man wrapped in a cloak inside a dark house silhouetted against some light coming in through a window behind him. The other half shows a recreation of his piece "Saturn Devouring His Son". The words provoke thought about why Goya left that house, but in the end it doesn't matter, as they were painted for his eyes alone.
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Inspiration

In February of 1819, legendary Spanish artist Francisco Goya moved into his new property, La Quinta Del Sordo. Here he created the greatest testaments to his artistic genius: the bleak, disturbing, horrifying murals known as the Black Paintings.

He never wrote of them and it appears they were entirely for his eyes alone.

Why did Goya create them? And what exactly are they trying to say?

Biography

Andrew Sztehlo is a comics creator based in Cambridgeshire. He is the creator of the the new anthology comic Tales from the Border.

His work tends to emphasise atmosphere and mood, desiring to capture the experience of time and our presence in nature, as well as the tensions and harmonies between us and the disappearing natural landscape.

Heavily influenced by the Gothic tradition and British folklore and mythology, Andrew is currently working on his first graphic novel, "Etimasia", which follows a disgraced knight travelling Europe after the events of the First Crusade, and a new mini-comic, "West of Everything," a one-off anthology of gothic western stories.

You can read more of his work online and keep up to date on his Instagram.

The webcomics published across our digital channels have been created by University of Dundee’s Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels students.