Inventory number
P00783
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Boys playing at Soldiers
Chronology
1779
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Material
Acero
Dimensions
146 cm x 94 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 6 de enero de 1779. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por RR.OO. de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870

The liveliness of the main little soldier, the martial air and the amusing, childish pride with which he faces the viewer make this one of Goya's greatest achievements among all his representations of childhood.

Childhood was one of the subjects that most interested Goya and in many of his scenes the children represent different social types: soldiers, majos, little aristocrats and others.

This is one of a series of tapestries cartoons (P00779-P00784) intended for the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the future Carlos IV and his wife Maria Luisa de Parma) at the El Pardo Palace.

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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