Inventory number
P03045
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
Strolling Players
Chronology
1793
Technique
Óleo
Support
Hojalata
Dimensions
42,5 cm x 31,7 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Ángela Sulpice Chopinot, Madrid antes de 1805 (?). X conde de Adanero, Madrid, 1886; por herencia a su hermano, el X marqués de Castro-Serna; por herencia a su hijo, el vizconde de Roda; por herencia a Ramón Jordán de Urríes y de Ulloa, conde de San Clemente, nieto del anterior. Adquirida por el Estado con destino al Museo del Prado en 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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