Inventory number
P00785
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Swing
Chronology
1779
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
260 cm x 165 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 21 de julio de 1779. 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.

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.

 
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