Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
289 x 90 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
05 Nov 2009 / 14 Apr 2021

For the history of the whole series, see Wild Boar Hunt.

Around 1856 or 1857, this piece was moved from the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara to the Royal Palace in Madrid, and from there it became part of the collection of the Prado Museum in 1870 (still with the attribution to Ramón Bayeu). There it underwent some major changes at the hands of the restorer Jerónimo Seisdedos. It was in temporary storage at the Ministry of Education and Science from 1933 to 1989. Today it is back at the Prado Museum once more.


Análisis artístico

The hunter is accompanied by a dog lying at his feet. Two more hunters are talking behind him, and a there is a grove of trees in the background. We do not know what the rest of the canvas looked like but the description that Goya himself made of the cartoon leads us to believe that it must have been largely as it is today, since he did not mention any additional elements. Despite this, on the tapestry the heads of two dogs sniffing the ground have been added, along with a tree behind them, which coincide in their composition with the right-hand section of another cartoon, Hunter and his Dogs, which is also a corner-piece made for the same royal dining hall. There exists a preparatory drawing for the hunter who is loading his shotgun, in which he is joined by another figure who appears in the cartoon Hunter with Dogs, which suggests that Goya made these studies from life and later included them in the two compositions.


The poor state of conservation of the painting led the restorer at the Prado Museum, Jerónimo Seisdedos, to remove the band on the right-hand side of the canvas and to extend the left-hand side using a fragment taken from another cartoon, erroneously attributed to José del Castillo but actually by Matías Téllez. The result of splicing the two cartoons together is therefore a hybrid, in which only the right-hand half is the work of Goya.

  • Francisco de Goya. IV Centenario de la capitalidad
    organized by Ayuntamiento de Madrid and Dirección General de Bellas Artes at the Casón del Buen Retiro
    consultant editor Valentín de Sambricio
  • Goya
    Musée Jacquemart-André
    consultant editor Jean-Gabriel Domergue. From December 1961 to February 1962
  • Charles III and the Enlightenment
    Palacio de Velázquez
    exhibitied also at the Palacio de Pedralbes, Barcelona, February-April, 1989, consultant editor Mª Carmen Iglesias.
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Permanencia de la memoria, cartones para tapiz y dibujos de Goya
    Museo de Zaragoza
    organized by Gobierno de Aragón, Museo Nacional del Prado and Patrimonio Nacional, consultant editor Fernando Checa Cremades. From February 14th to April 6th 1997
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
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    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
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    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 74, 84, cat. 60
  • vol. I, p. 243, cat. 54
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 92, cat. 50
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    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. I, pp. 76-77
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    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 46, 50-55, 64, 235, cat. 4C y p. 51
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    Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    col. Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
    p. 43 y p. 47 (il.)
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    p. 281-282, cat. 3 y p. 69 (il.)
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    pp. 82-87
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