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Magpie in a Tree
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de

Fuendetodos, Zaragoza (Spain), 1746 - Bordeaux (France), 1828

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Magpie in a Tree

1786. Oil on canvas.
Room 085

This cartoon was for one of the tapestries to be hung in the Prince of Asturias´ dining room at the El Pardo Palace. Its narrow, elongated format indicates it was intended to be hung in a corner. It is probably inspired by a Chinese screen, which were very fashionable in the eighteenth century. The screen´s representation of exotic birds on tree branches is replaced here by a magpie and other small birds belonging to Spain´s fauna. The painter situates the birds on different planes in order to create a sense of depth that complements the high, narrow format. At the same time, he expresses the birds´ flight and the magpie´s equilibrium on the tree branch with vivid realism.


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Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Magpie in a Tree
Height: 279 cm; Width: 28 cm
Comedor de los Príncipes de Asturias, Palacio de El Pardo, Madrid, 1786-87, (12)
Royal Collection (Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid; Royal Palace, Madrid, "sótanos del oficio de tapicería", 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870, R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)

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Goya in Madrid
28.11.2014 - 03.05.2015

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Room 085 (On Display)

Update date: 27-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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