Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
The Parasol
104 cm x 152 cm
Género y sociedad
On display
Colección Real. Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 12 de agosto de 1777. Trasferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Museo del Prado el 15 de febrero de 1870, por reales órdenes de 18.1.1870 y 8.2.1870.

This tapestry cartoon depicts a young woman. She is sitting, with a dog on her lap, and is accompanied by a Majo who protects her from the sun with a parasol.

This work's format and bottom-to-top perspective indicates that it was intended to hang over a window. It's pyramidal composition, with the figures in the foreground, reflects the influence of classical Italian painting on Goya, as well as his mastery at painting light and shadows.

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: Picnic on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00768); Dance on the Banks of the Manzanares (P00769); The Quarrel in the New Tavern (P00770); The Maja and the Cloaked Men or A Walk through Andalusia (P00771); The Drinker (P00772); The Parasol (P00773); The Kite (P00774); Card Players (P00775); Boys Inflating a Bladder (P00776); Boys Picking Fruit (P00777).

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