- Reference number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
- The Wedding
- 269 cm x 396 cm
- Género y sociedad
- On display
- Pintado en el verano de 1792. Entregado en fecha indeterminada de 1792 a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Fábrica de Tapices al Palacio Real, Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.
A beautiful young woman has just married an ugly, fat man. From the side he looks like a pig, but he is clearly rich. Wearing a rather worn dress coat, the bride's father follows the procession with an expression somewhere between resignation and complaisance. The young women, possibly friends of the bride, laugh, and the priest appears to be laughing at the father.
This story, which is repeated in other works by Goya, such as his Caprichos, denounces a common situation of that period: marriages of convenience generally arranged by parents for their own benefit. This was also denounced in contemporaneous literature by Goya's friend, Lenadro Fernández de Moratín, author of El sí de las niñas.
This is one of Goya's most elaborate compositions. The masterful placement of the procession under an arch uses the architecture to frame the group, emphasizing the figures against the luminous background, especially the grotesque groom.
This cartoon was for one of the tapestries intended for Carlos IV's office at El Escorial.