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Boy on a Ram

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.




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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European Painting and Sculpture


Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes


Boy on a Ram






Oil on canvas


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

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Brooks McCormick

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