Inventory number
P00802
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Straw Manikin
Chronology
1791-1792
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
267 cm x 160 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Pintado a fines de 1791 y principios de 1792. Entregado en fecha indeterminada, en 1792, a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid. Transferido entre 1856-1857 desde la Fábrica de Tapices al Palacio Real, Madrid (sótanos del oficio de tapicería). Ingresó en el Prado por reales órdenes de 18.1 y 9.2. de 1870.

Four young women laugh and play at blanket-tossing a doll or manikin in the air. The latter's movement is the result of their caprice.

Its carnival origins are visible in the use of masks and joking, but the blanket-tossing of a doll is used here by Goya as a clear allegory of women's domination of men. The subject is frequent in the artist's work, and examples can be found in his engravings from the Caprichos and Disparates series.

This painting is one of the cartoons for the tapestries in Carlos IV's office at El Escorial, and it clearly reveals characteristics common in his last cartoons, such as a softer color and the use of contrasting light to mark depth, clear here in the doll's silhouette, which stands out against the background.

 
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