Niño montando un carnero (1786-1787)

Goya, Francisco de (1746-1828)

Niño montando un carnero (Boy on a Ram)
Oil on canvas, 127.2 × 112.1 cm
Art Institute of ChicagoChicago

As painter to the king of Spain, Francisco de Goya also designed tapestries for the royal residences. The artist made small oil sketches to work out the designs, followed by full-scale painted cartoons that served as guides for the weavers at the king’s tapestry works. This cartoon was produced for a tapestry in a series decorating the dining room 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. (AIC)