Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Children blowing up a Bladder
1777 - 1778
116 cm x 124 cm
Genre and Society
On display
Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 25 de enero de 1778. 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.

Some boys whose clothing indicates they are from a wealthy family, play in the country, inflating a bladder under the watchful eyes of their nannies, who converse in the background. This is one of Goya's first depictions of the world of children and it already perfectly captures the candor an vivacity of children's games.

Designed to hang over a door, this is one of Goya's cartoons for the tapestries intended to hang in the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the future Carlos IV and his wife Maria Luisa de Parma) at El Escorial.

Access to the series of ten tapestry cartoons destined for the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the palace of El Pardo: The Picnic (P00768); Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00769); A Fight at the Venta Nueva (P00770); An Avenue in Andalusia or The Maja and the cloaked Men (P00771); The Drinker (P00772); The Parasol (P00773); The Kite (P00774); The Card Players (P00775); Children blowing up a Bladder (P00776); Boys picking Fruit (P00777).

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