Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
Cronología
1779 - 1780
Ubicación
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Dimensiones
262 x 40 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Titular
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
29 Nov 2009 / 12 May 2021
Inventario
(P00790)
Historia

See The Blind Guitarist.

This cartoon was delivered to the Royal Tapestry Factory on 24 January 1780, along with ten other cartoons, completing the decoration of the antechamber to the bedroom. These eleven tapestry cartoons - almost certain to have been made between 21 July 1779, when the artist delivered A Stickball Game and The Swing, and this delivery in January 1780 - were executed very rapidly. It is very likely that Goya was aware of the planned suspension of manufacturing work at the factory and was anxious to finish his commissions and receive his wages.

Around 1856 or 1857, the cartoon was moved from the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara to the Royal Palace in Madrid. In 1870, it was taken to the Prado Museum under orders given on 18 January and 9 February.

Análisis artístico

This narrow corner-piece decorated the north wall of the bedroom antechamber, where it formed a pair with another corner-piece,Boy and a Tree.

Out of the whole series, this piece and its companion were the cheapest, costing 500 reales each. The secondary nature of the scenes has meant that little attention has been paid to them, but the effort required of Goya to adapt the composition to such a long, narrow format is well deserving of further mention. To solve this problem, he made clever use of the tree, which he has occupying the entire height of the cartoon. At its foot, a boy plays with a bird.

The hunting of small birds was related to the hunt for love. Some prints and theatrical farces from the period employ the metaphor of the decoy and traps in the seduction of suitors, and this is also what Tomlinson sees here, considering the boy to be a representation of an angelic Cupid.

Nordström, on the other hand, believes that this piece, its companion corner-piece, The Washerwomen, and The Woodcutters are all related to springtime and impulsiveness.

Exposiciones
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    1996
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    Madrid
    2014
Bibliografía
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    1946
    pp. 116, 239, cat. 34 y lám. 131
  • Xavier Desparmet Fitz-Gerald
    L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    París
    1928-1950
    vol. I, p. 85, cat. 26
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    1970
    pp. 76, 98, cat. 137
  • vol. I, p. 249, cat. 90
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    MilanRizzoli
    1974
    pp. 95-96, cat. 95
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    1980-1982
    vol. I, p. 114
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    1987
    pp. 108, 151, 279, cat. 38C y p. 151 (il
  • Janis A. Tomlinson
    Francisco de Goya. Los cartones para tapices y los comienzos de su carrera en la corte de Madrid
    col. Col. Ensayos de Arte Cátedra
    MadridCátedra
    1987
    pp. 147-153 y p. 148 (il.)
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    1996
    p. 310, cat. 30 y p. 105 (il.)
  • José Luis Sancho
    Salas del Palacio Real de El Pardo para las que se tejieron tapices sobre cartones de Francisco de Goya: identificación de las habitaciones y ajuste de las obras de Goya en los alzados de las paredes
    in HERRERO CARRETERO, Concha (curator, Tapices y cartones de Goya (catalogue of the exhibition organizated at the Palacio Real de Madrid, from may to june 1996)
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional, Goya 96, Lunwerg
    1996
    p. 169 (il.)
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    2014
    p. 210
Enlaces externos
Volver
Usamos cookies propias y de terceros para mejorar su navegación. Si continua navegando consideramos que acepta el uso de cookies.