Inventory number
P00796
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Injured Mason
Chronology
1786-1787
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
268 cm x 110 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado entre 1786-1787. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, al Palacio Real (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

Two workers carry another, who has been wounded in a work accident. The scaffolding in the background reveals the underlying subject as workers' safety.

The painting is an example of Goya's social preoccupations. In the definitive composition, He modified the idea of the original sketch, in which the wounded and clearly inebriated mason is the subject of his companions' jokes and laughter. Thus, Goya changes the comic meaning of this scene into a drama.

This cartoon was for one of the tapestries intended for the Prince of Asturias' dining room at the El Pardo Palace.

 
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