Inventory number
P00798
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Snowstorm, or Winter
Chronology
1786-1787
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
275 cm x 293 cm
School
Española
Theme
Alegoría
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado en el otoño de 1786. 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.

An intense snowfall serves as Goya's interpretation of winter, which is the subject of this composition. Along with this everyday representation, however, Goya introduces a social theme, as he often did in his tapestry cartoons. Three cloaked peasants return home after what appears to have been an unsuccessful attempt to buy a pig. They carry nothing and their gazes reveal that they are cold and hungry. Two other, better-dressed figures —probably servants from some manner house— carry an enormous pig that has been gutted. Withdrawn, with his tail between his legs, the peasants' starving and equally humble dog is the first to foresee the collision between these two groups.

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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