Inventory number
P03045
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Strolling Players
Chronology
1793 - 1794
Technique
Oil
Support
Tin Plate
Dimensions
42,5 cm x 31,7 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Ángela Sulpice Chopinot, Madrid, before 1805 (?). X Count of Adanero, Madrid, 1886. X Marquis of Castro-Serna. Viscount de Roda. Ramon Jordan de Urríes y de Ulloa, Count of San Clemente. Acquisition for the Prado Museum, 1962

This popular scene painted with great technical freedom shows an improvised stage surrounded by people in the midst of a landscape. The piece being played is a satire from the Italian Commedia dell' Arte. The main characters appear on stage: Arlecchino, Columbina and Pantalone. A poster at the front of the stage reads “Alec Men” (“Menandrian Allegory”).

This work belonged to a series of twelve scenes, six of bulls and six on varied subjects, which the painer made following his grave illness of 1783, when he lost his hearing. As these works were not commissioned, Goya was able to paint with greater freedom. He presented the series at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in January 1794.

 
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