Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
The Pottery Vendor
259 cm x 220 cm
Genre and Society
On display
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.

Goya masterfully captures a simple moment of everyday life in Madrid, one of the most beautiful and elaborate scenes he ever made. In a stall selling dishes from Valencia, the salesman shows his wares to a couple of ladies accompanied by an elderly woman. Behind them, two gentlemen have their backs turned, watching the departure of a carriage whose lady passenger looks back at the viewer.

The tranquil depiction of the dishes contrasts with the movement of the carriage, which will very soon disappear from the scene. Goya takes advantage of the dynamism of this diagonal composition marked by the position of the figures, from the salesman to the carriage driver.

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.

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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