- Reference number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- Shepherd playing a Dulzaina
- 130 cm x 134 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Pintado entre 1786 y 1787. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, al Palacio Real (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.
A musician, traditionally identified with a shepherd by his clothing, leans back onto a hillock in the landscape and plays his dulzaina, a traditional Spanish double-reed instrument.
Like its companion, Hunter by a Spring (2896), this is a cartoon for a tapestry in the Prince's dining room at the El Pardo Palace. Both were designed to hang above windows, flanking the tapestry representing Spring (P793).
The forced, low and upward-looking perspective was supposed to give the impression that the young man was playing his dulzaina for the viewers in a sort of trompe l'oeil much favored by eighteenth-century Venetian and Bolognese artists well known to Goya since his trip to Italy.