- Inventory number
- Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de
- The Swing
- 260 cm x 165 cm
- Genre and Society
- On display
- Royal Collection: Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, 21st July 1779; Royal Palace, Madrid, “sótanos del oficio de tapicería”, 1856-1857; Prado Museum, 1870 (R. O. 18.1.1870 / R. O. 9.2.1870)
Three maids, one of whom swings from the branches of a small tree, care for some children while being observed by three shepherds or cowherds in the background, near their herds.
Goya masterfully utilizes the figures in different planes to establish relations between foreground and background, with the shepherds' glances answered by the woman whose back is to the viewer. The peaceful everyday country scene thus becomes a representation of a date between the nurses and their suitors.
This was a tapestry cartoons for the antechamber to the Prince and Princess of Asturias' bedroom at the El Pardo Palace.