- 1779 - 1780
- The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
- 262 x 40 cm
- Técnica y soporte
- Oil on canvas
- Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
- Documented work
- El Prado National Museum
- Ficha: realización/revisión
- 29 Nov 2009 / 12 May 2021
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.
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.
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vol. I, p. 249, cat. 90
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Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado2014p. 210