- 1815 - 1819
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 235 x 334 mm
- Técnica y soporte
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 21 Aug 2021 / 13 Apr 2023
19 (in composite pencil, lower left)
8 (in pencil, reverse, upper left)
1 (in pencil, reverse, centre)
185 (in pencil, reverse, top centre)
185 (in pencil, reverse, bottom centre)
Watermark: "MANUEL SERRA" (left half)
The drawing was inherited in 1828 by Javier Goya, the painter's son, and in 1854 by Mariano Goya y Goicoechea, the artist's grandson. It was subsequently owned by Valentín Carderera (ca. 1861) and Mariano Carderera (ca. 1880). In 1886 it was acquired from Mariano Carderera by the Directorate General of Public Instruction and was assigned to the Prado Museum, where it entered on 12 November 1886.
Preparatory drawing for Female folly
There are certain differences with the final print. This drawing is executed with greater vigour and features small touches that create the details of the dresses and physiognomies. In addition, the group of six women in the print here is reduced to four. A depersonalised crowd stands next to it. Only an old woman's head stands out, with a malignant appearance, very much in the style of the celestinas in the Capriches. The flying wigwams and the donkey do not yet appear. The muppet in the blanket is already present, but it is barely distinguishable among the energetic brushstrokes.
The spatial reference is more precise than in the print, as the scene takes place in a cave-like interior with a semi-circular opening. The floor is full of chiaroscuro, which gives it a certain relief.
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