Inventory number
P00771
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
An Avenue in Andalusia or The Maja and the cloaked Men
Chronology
1777
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
275 cm x 190 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
No
Provenance
Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, 12nd August 1777; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)

This tapestry cartoon shows a Maja meeting some cloaked men. The composition's central theme of love and jealousy is taken directly from some of the etchings from Goya's series of Caprichos, which he made shortly thereafter.

The resultant tapestry was intended to hang in the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias (the future Carlos IV and his wife Maria Luisa de Parma) at the Monastery of El Escorial. This work was part of a decorative series of ten cartoons for tapestries on “countryside” subjects. Goya, himself, invented the specific composition of the present one. This work entered the Prado Museum Collection in 1870 by way of Madrid's Royal Palace.

Access to the series of ten tapestry cartoons destined for the dining room of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the palace of El Pardo: The Picnic (P00768); Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00769); A Fight at the Venta Nueva (P00770); An Avenue in Andalusia or The Maja and the cloaked Men (P00771); The Drinker (P00772); The Parasol (P00773); The Kite (P00774); The Card Players (P00775); Children blowing up a Bladder (P00776); Boys Picking Fruit (P00777).

 
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