Francisco de Goya

The Meadow of San Isidro (La pradera de San Isidro)

The Meadow of San Isidro (La pradera de San Isidro)
Datos Generales
Private collection
337 x 497 mm
Técnica y soporte
Pencil on paper
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
Private collection
Ficha: realización/revisión
17 Dec 2009 / 27 Jun 2016

View of Madrid, from the Chapel of S. Ysidro del Campo, by D. Francisco Goya, Court Painter to H. M. (lengthways along the bottom, centred, written in ink)


Preparatory drawing for the tapestry cartoon The Meadow of San Isidro (La pradera de San Isidro).

Análisis artístico

This drawing shows the Madrid skyline, with the silhouettes of the most emblematic buildings clearly visible. We can also make out the shapes of the figures that were later to form the main group in the oil sketch, the majas seated on the ground and a pair of gentlemen petimetres, who are standing up and who were finally moved further into the background in the painting.

The work's authenticity has been vouched for by Sambricio as well as Xavier de Salas, who published it in an article in the magazine Gazette des Beaux-Arts in 1979. This writer sees similarities between this drawing and some of the views of Madrid painted by the vedutista Antonio Joli, who visited the court of Madrid between 1750 and 1754.

  • Exposición de dibujos de 1750 a 1850
    Sociedad Española de Amigos del Arte
    from May to June 1922
  • Une miniature et deux dessins inédits de Goya
    Gazette des Beaux-Arts
    Xavier Salas
    pp. 167-171
  • Tapices de Goya
    Valentín de Sambricio
    p. 266, cat. 53ª
    Patrimonio Nacional
  • Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    José Manuel Arnáiz
    pp. 155, 305, cat. 58D y p. 155 (il.)
    Espasa Calpe
    Col. Espasa Arte
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