Francisco de Goya

Datos Generales
1791 - 1792
The Prado National Museum. Madrid, Madrid, Spain
137 x 104 cm
Técnica y soporte
Oil on canvas
Reconocimiento de la autoría de Goya
Documented work
El Prado National Museum
Ficha: realización/revisión
27 Dec 2009 / 19 Jan 2022

See The Wedding.

Around 1856 or 1857, this cartoon was taken from the Royal Tapestry Factory to the Royal Palace in Madrid. In 1870 the tapestry cartoons that were in the basements of the palace were moved to the Prado Museum, back then known as the Painting and Sculpture Museum. It was then that six cartoons by Goya were discovered to be missing, including the one before us (see Children with a Cart). In 1913 this work was identified in a sale taking place in Paris, at the Galerie Marczell von Nemes. It was acquired by Baron Herzog, who gave it as a gift to Alphonso XIII, who in turn donated it to the Prado Museum, where it remains to this day.

Análisis artístico

The canvas shows some boys playing at climbing up on each other's shoulders. There are four children and one additional figure. The arrangement of the characters on the canvas follows the same pattern as in previous cartoons such as The Parasol, that is to say, a foreground with figures, a mound behind them, and more figures behind this obstacle, helping to create a sense of depth. A rural landscape occupies the background.

The balancing act of the children reminds the scholar Tomlinson of the moments of political instability that Spain was suffering following the French Revolution and its resulting oppression. Goya's contact with intellectuals did not go unnoticed in his works, and as such the heights to which these boys and the characters of other cartoons in the series climb only serve to remind us of the great fall that awaits them.

  • Goya
    Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen Mauritshuis
    The Hauge
    organized by Ministerio de Estado y Asuntos Culturales and Réunion des Musées Nationaux, July 4th to September 13th 1970. Exhibited also at the Musée de l’Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, October 25th to December 7th 1970, consultant editors Jeannine Baticle and A. B. de Vries
  • Exposición de pintura española del Renacimiento a nuestros días
    exhibited also in Hiogo and Kitayushu
  • Goya
    Palacio de Pedralbes
    from April 12th to June 30th 1977
  • Pintura española de bodegones y floreros de 1600 a Goya
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, November 1983 to January 1984
  • Goya
    La Lonja, Torreón Fortea y Museo Pablo Gargallo
    consultant editor Julián Gállego
  • Goya
    consultant editors Juan J. Luna and Görel Cavalli-Björkman. From October 7th 1994 to January 8th 1995
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    Museo Nacional del Prado
    consultant editor Juan J. Luna. From March 29th to June 2nd 1996
  • Goya: Order and disorder
    Museum of Fine Arts
  • L'œuvre peint de Goya. 4 vols
    vol. I, p. 98, cat. 39
  • Valentín de Sambricio
    Tapices de Goya
    MadridPatrimonio Nacional
    pp. 150, 170, 279, cat. 63 y lám. 193
  • GASSIER, Pierre y WILSON, Juliet
    Vie et ouvre de Francisco de Goya
    ParísOffice du livre
    pp. 100, 374, cat. 304
  • vol. I, p. 283, cat. 304
  • ANGELIS, Rita de
    L’opera pittorica completa di Goya
    p. 105, cat. 260
  • José Camón Aznar
    Francisco de Goya, 4 vols.
    ZaragozaCaja de Ahorros de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja
    vol. II, p. 91 y p. 61 (il.)
  • José Manuel Arnáiz
    Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices
    col. Col. Espasa Arte
    Espasa Calpe
    pp. 61, 170, 320, cat. 68C
  • 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
    pp. 244, 249, 250 y p. 246 (il.)
  • Goya. 250 Aniversario
    MadridMuseo del Prado
    p. 337, cat. 56 y p. 142 (il.)
  • Goya en Madrid. Cartones para tapices 1775-1794
    MadridMuseo Nacional del Prado
    p. 217
Ficha en SAAC

Los Sistemas Aumentativos y Alternativos de Comunicación (SAAC) son formas de expresión distintas al lenguaje hablado, que tienen como objetivo aumentar (aumentativos) y/o compensar (alternativos) las dificultades de comunicación y lenguaje de muchas personas con discapacidad. Más info: Arasaac

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