Inventory number
P00769
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares
Chronology
1776 - 1777
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
272 cm x 295 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, 3rd March 1777; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)

This tapestry cartoon represents a popular scene of Majos and Majas dancing Seguidillas on the banks of Madrid's Manzanares River. In the background, Goya painted the area around the Pontones Bridge, near la Quinta del Sordo, the land and house he bought in 1819.

The resultant tapestry was 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 the Monastery of El Escorial. This work was part of a decorative series of ten cartoons for tapestries on “countryside” subjects. Goya, himself, invented the specific composition of the present one. This work entered the Prado Museum Collection in 1870 by way of Madrid's Royal Palace.

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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