Inventory number
P00775
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Card Players
Chronology
1777 - 1778
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
270 cm x 167 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
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: Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00768); Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00769); The Quarrel in the New Tavern (P00770); The Maja and the Cloaked Men or A Walk through Andalusia (P00771); The Drinker (P00772); The Parasol (P00773); The Kite (P00774); Card Players (P00775); Boys Inflating a Bladder (P00776); Boys Picking Fruit (P00777).

 
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