Francisco de Goya

The Wedding (La Boda) (sketch)

The Wedding (La Boda) (sketch)
Datos Generales
Lost work
34.5 x 51 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Ficha: realización/revisión
21 Dec 2009 / 23 Nov 2011

Sketch for the tapestry cartoon The Wedding.

This sketch belonged to the Jockey Club of Buenos Aires and was destroyed in the fire that took place on its property in 1953.

Análisis artístico

Three different sketches for The Wedding have been proposed by various scholars, some of which are considered to be reductions made after the cartoon. In a letter Goya wrote to Bayeu in 1791, reference is made to a "sketch of the largest painting for the King's room, in the Royal Palace of San Lorenzo", but we do not know which of the three the artist was referring to.

The work discussed here appears to be an authentic preparatory sketch, and it has been studied by several writers, including Sambricio, Desparmet Fitz-Gerald, Gassier, Wilson and Salas.

Because of its title, this painting has sometimes been confused with another attributed to Goya in the Museum of Buenos Aires, entitled Festivities underneath a Bridge (Fiesta popular bajo un puente), although Arnaiz assures us that this work is actually by Eugenio Lucas. This same writer believes that the sketch destroyed in Buenos Aires was an autograph work by Goya, although he was only able to see it in some good photographic reproductions.

There are hardly any differences between this sketch and the finished tapestry cartoon.

  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    cat. 59b
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    Juliet Wilson and Pierre Gassier
    pp. 99, 373, cat. 298
    Office du livre
  • L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    Rita de Angelis
    p. 105, cat. 257a
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 194, 312, cat. 62B-b
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
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