The Monkey & Saturn Devouring His Children

The Monkey. Saturn Devouring His Children. Two of my earliest memories of artwork. One by Walker and the other by Goya. My mother bought The Monkey at a supermarket in Houston Texas for, I think,  50¢. At the time I was 4 years old. It was 1973 and my father was studying to be a kidney surgeon at one of the local hospitals. I think we lived there for a year before returning to Toronto. Goya’s Saturn is on the last page of a book by Liselotte Andersen called Baroque and Rococo Art. I would sit by the stereo in the sunroom of the house we lived in on Baby Point in Toronto and flip through the pages… always aware of that last page… the one with the dude eating a baby. Today at 52 The Monkey still hangs on my wall. Baroque and Rococo Art sits between Veganomicon and The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding up high on my bookshelf.