Goya's Skull

France, Spain

"Oscuro y Lucientes"

Samuel Alarcón

Bordeaux, France, 1828. Spanish painter Francisco de Goya y Lucientes dies in his French exile on April 16th and is buried in the local cemetery. Nobody, not even his only living son, Javier, claims his body. In 1888, after years of paperwork, the Spanish consul Pereyra finally obtains permission to exhume Goya's remains with the purpose to bury them in Spain. When the crypt is opened, the gravediggers make a discovery as macabre as it is stunning…

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