Inventory number
P00779
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
A Fair in Madrid
Chronology
1779
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
258 cm x 218 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real : Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 5 de enero de 1779. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de Tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870. Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 5 de enero de 1779. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de Tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870. Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 5 de enero de 1779. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de Tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A group of individuals appear in front of the stall of a seller who displays his vessels, furniture, used clothing and paintings. Others people visit the other stalls around the Plaza de la Cebada, where all sorts of objects, including paintings, were sold. The background offers a view of the imposing Church of San Francisco el Grande.

Goya presents certain types and customs of Madrid's society, such as the connoisseur who observes the objects with his monocle, the the overdressed woman who points to some product with her fan, or the character who bargains with the salesman. All are interested in the outdated objects on display, objects abandoned by those who sought to adapt their houses to the new French fashions.

This is one of a series of tapestry cartoons (P00779-P00784) intended for 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. Here, Goya demonstrates his mastery of perspective and of different genres, including, for example, a magnificent still life: the chocolate service visible in the foreground.

Access to the series of tapestry cartoons: The Fair in Madrid (P00779); The Pottery Vendor (P00780); The Military Man and the Lady (P00781); The Haw Seller (P00782); Boys playing at Soldiers (P00783); The Game of Pelota (P00784).

 
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