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Boy on a Ram

A young, smiling boy in a ruffled collar, hat, and cumberbun rides outdoors on a brown ram, a small whip held aloft in his hand.
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  • A young, smiling boy in a ruffled collar, hat, and cumberbun rides outdoors on a brown ram, a small whip held aloft in his hand.

Date:

1786/87

Artist:

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
Spanish, 1746–1828

About this artwork

As a painter to the king of Spain, Francisco de Goya produced designs for tapestries for the royal residences, to be woven at the king’s tapestry works. The artist made small oil sketches to work out the designs, followed by full-scale painted cartoons that served as guides for the weavers. This cartoon is for a tapestry in a series decorating the dining room of the Prince of Asturias, in the Palace of El Pardo, outside Madrid. The room’s large panels illustrate a traditional decorative subject, the Four Seasons, but Goya exercised his imagination in the smaller panels above the doors, producing scenes of children and animals like this one. Goya’s remarkably fresh, original tapestry cartoons are mostly preserved in the Museo del Prado, Madrid.

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Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes

Title

Boy on a Ram

Origin

Spain

Date

1786–1787

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

127.2 × 112.1 cm (50 1/16 × 44 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks McCormick

Reference Number

1979.479

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