Inventory number
P05539
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Hunter loading his Rifle
Chronology
1775
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
292 cm x 50 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real : Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 24 de mayo de 1775. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870. Fue depositado, probablemente en 1933 en el Ministerio de Educación. Se levantó su depósito de forma definitiva por Orden Ministerial de 30.5.1983 y entró en el Prado el 12.5.1989.

This tapestry cartoon shows a hunter loading a shotgun, with a dog lying at his feet and other hunters behind him. This work is as fine example of Goya's interest in Nature. He perfectly integrates the hunter's figure among the sinuous silhouettes of the trees whose vertical elongation fits the format of this composition.

The resulting tapestry was intended to hang in the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias —the future Carlos IV (1748-1819) and his wife, María Luisa de Parma (1751-1819)— at the Monastery of El Escorial, which explains its elongated format. This series was Goya's first important commission for the Royal Tapestry Factory of Santa Bárbara. The overall subject, hunting, was in keeping with the monarchs' use of that Royal Seat.

 
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