Inventory number
P00743
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Majo with Guitar
Chronology
1779
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
137 cm x 112 cm
School
Española
Theme
Escena de música y danza
On display
Yes
Provenance
Entregado en la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara el 5 de enero de 1779. Trasladado en 1856-57 al Palacio Real de Madrid, oficio de Tapicería. Robado del Palacio Real en 1869. Adquirido en París por Raimundo de Madrazo y regalado por él al Museo del Prado en 1895 (aceptado por Real Orden de 8.1.1895), como el nº P0753. En el catálogo de 1900 no se identifica con el cartón robado hasta que Enrique Lafuente Ferrari (1928) demostró su identificación.

This is a cartoon for a tapestry to be hung over a window, with the figure of a Majo playing the guitar and a background of landscape with three other people. The resulting tapestry was intended for the entry to 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 in Madrid.

Goya's activity as a painter of tapestry cartoons was very fruitful, with an outstanding wealth of compositional inventions and the study of different types of characters. These works constitute an important personal analysis of the society of his time and have been considered direct precedents of his later works, where his mordacity became a characteristic of his production, especially in los Caprichos.

 
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