- Inventory number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
- The Grape Harvest or Autumn
- 267,5 cm x 190,5 cm
- On display
- Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)
Dressed in yellow clothes that symbolize autumn, a young man sitting on a stone offers a cluster of black grapes to a lady. A boy is eager to reach the offered fruit, which is reserved for the adults. A woman stands next to them, holding a grape basket on her head, much like the classical allegory of the goddess Ceres with fruit on her head. Some grape harvesters are behind them, next to the grapevine that leads to a valley crowned with the suggestion of mountains in the background.
Here, following Western painting's traditional iconography, the grape harvest is an allegory of autumn. This is one of the most beautiful and best-known compositions from all of Goya's cartoon series. It's pyramidal structure, and the figures that recall ancient statuary, define the artist's study of the classical artistic tradition.
This cartoon was for one of the tapestries intended for the Prince of Asturias' dining room at the El Pardo Palace.