Inventory number
P00784
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
A Stickball Game
Chronology
1779
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Material
Acero
Dimensions
261 cm x 470 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado entre el 5 de enero y el 20 de julio de 1779; entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 21 de julio de ese año. 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.

This cartoon was for the main tapestry in the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the El Pardo Palace (P00779-P00784). The composition's setting —the outskirts of Madrid— links the subjects of the tapestries from the bedroom's antechamber to those in the bedroom itself.

The scene constitutes a compositional tour de force in which Goya proves his mastery of perspective and the use of painterly technique, of light and color, to create space and relations of proximity and distance without the viewer ever noticing the rigor and dryness of its geometry.

In this painting, the artist reveals his knowledge of the great Italian artists from both the Renaissance and the Baroque.

Access to the series of tapestry cartoons: The Fair in Madrid (P00779); The Pottery Vendor (P00780); The Soldier and the Lady (P00781); The Hawthorn Seller (P00782); Boys playing at Soldiers (P00783); A Stickball Game (P00784).

 
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