Inventory number
P00781
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
Title
The Military Man and the Lady
Chronology
1779
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
259 cm x 100 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Genre and Society
On display
No
Provenance
Colección Real : Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 6 de enero de 1779. Transferido entre 1856-1857 al Palacio Real de Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por RR.OO. de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

A lady glances at a couple leaning on a wall. Her companion stands behind, with a military sword, as does a third, enigmatic character. A seated couple in the middle ground completes this scene of gallantry on the outskirts of the city.

Goya presents a female type —an overly adorned or coquettish lady accompanied by her “suitor”, as lovers were called in the eighteenth century— that contrasts with the maja women in other cartoons such as The Haw Seller (P00782).

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. Its tall, narrow format indicates that it was designed for a narrow lateral area of the bedroom's decoration, probably beside a door, or a pier between windows.

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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