Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Card Players
1777 - 1778
270 cm x 167 cm
Genre and Society
On display
Colección Real : (Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 25 de enero de 1778. Trasferido entre 1856-57 al Palacio Real de Madrid, sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Museo del Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A group of Majos play cards in the country, under the shade of an awning hung in a tree. Behind them, another Majo makes signs to his companion, helping him with the game. Goya uses a new and very rich tecnique here, bringing out the contrasting lights and shadows so as to accentuate the strong realism of this cheating scene. The subject has numerous antecedents in European visual culture.

This is one of the cartoons designed by Goya for 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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