Goya in Madrid. The Tapestry Cartoons 1775-1794
Prado Museum, Madrid
28 November 2014 – 3 May 2015
Curators: Manuela Mena, Head Curator of the Goya and 18th Century Art Department, and Gudrun Maurer, Curator of the Goya and 18th Century Painting Department at the Museo del Prado
The exhibition of over 140 works proposes a new approach to Goya’s tapestry cartoons by treating them as illustrating the artist’s thought processes and development at the beginning of his career. Cartoons are shown alongside the tapestries for which they were made in the Escorial and Pardo palaces. They are compared with the work of contemporaneous and historic artists to illustrate Goya’s sources and inspiration.