Inventory number
P00786
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Washerwomen
Chronology
1779-1780
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
257,5 cm x 166 cm
School
Española
Theme
Género y sociedad
On display
Yes
Provenance
Entregado a la Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara, Madrid, el 24 de enero de 1780. 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 group of washerwoman work or rest alongside the Manzanares River. One of them dozes in another's lap and is the object of a practical joke in which the latter attempts to frighten her with a lamb. Two others are busy washing in the background.

Here, Goya presents one of the most naturalistic and beautiful landscapes from his entire production of tapestry cartoons. It depicts an area near Madrid, with the Manzanares River that flows down from the Guadarrama Mountains whose snowy blue peaks are visible in the background. The silvery tonalities and the interpretation of the background mountains are clearly drawn from the works of Diego Velasquez.

This is part of a set of cartoons for tapestries to be hung in the antechamber to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the El Pardo Palace.

 
Ministerio de Cultura. Gobierno de España; abre en ventana nueva
España es cultura Spain is culture
Copyright © 2014 Museo Nacional del Prado.
Calle Ruiz de Alarcón 23
Madrid 28014
Tel. +34 91 330 2800.
All rights reserved