Inventory number
P00787
Author
Goya y Lucientes, Francisco de (Spanish)
Title
The Young Bulls
Chronology
1779-1780
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
259 cm x 136 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.

Four young men struggle with a young bull in an attempted bullfight or an effort to control the animal. Behind the wall, several spectators watch this particular bullfight. The youth dressed in red has sometimes been thought to be a self-portrait of Goya.

This was a cartoon for a tapestry to be hung in the antechamber to the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias at the El Pardo Palace. The erotic or gallant subjects of many of these scenes lies here in its placement across from The Washerwoman (P786), whom the youths would seem to be trying to impress with their attitudes.

 
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