Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares
271 cm x 295 cm
Género y sociedad
On display
Colección Real. Fue el primer cartón para tapiz entregado por Goya a la Real Fábrica de Santa Bárbara, de Madrid, el 30 de octubre de 1776. Trasferido entre 1856-1857 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.

This tapestry cartoon represents a popular scene of Majos and Majas on the banks of Madrid's Manzanares River. The Hermitage of the Virgin of the Port is just visible behind a group of trees on the right. Worthy of mention in this work are the still life in the foreground and the amorous play among the orange-seller and the Majos.

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 María Luisa de Parma) at the palace of El Pardo. 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: 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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