Inventory number
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
The Quarrel in the New Tavern
275 cm x 414 cm
Género y sociedad
On display
Comenzado el 3 de marzo de 1777, entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 12 de agosto de ese año. 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.

This tapestry cartoon represents a quarrel among men in front of a tavern which Goya calls the New Tavern. The area near Madrid now called “Ventas,” and tknown as “Ventas del Espíritu Santo” in Goya's time, was frequented by muleteers, caleche drivers, troublemakers and gamblers, as Goya illustrates here. The cards thrown on the table seem to be the origin of the dispute. The subject recalls other compositions from the Flemish and Dutch tradition, although the grandeur of the composition is directly taken from Italian classicism. There are even some motifs drawn from Roman statuary.

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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