- Reference number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- The Threshing Floor, or Summer
- 276 cm x 641 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Pintado en el otoño de 1786. 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.
Goya depicts this season with a scene of harvesters recovering from the summer heat by sitting beside a pile of recently harvested wheat sheafs. Some, like the figure on the right, continue their laborious work, while on the left a group of peasants try to inebriate another character whose clothing and stance define him as a typical character: the village idiot.
Goya uses popular types for his representation, avoiding the customary depiction of the goddess Ceres crowned with wheat ears, which is the traditional emblem of summer. The feeling of siesta time masterfully captured by the artist completes the wise composition of this enormous painting.
This is the largest cartoon for the tapestries intended to decorate the Prince of Asturias' dining room at the El Pardo Palace.