Francisco de Goya

The Strolling Players (1793 - Museo del Prado, Madrid)

This popular scene painted with great technical freedom shows an improvised stage surrounded by people in the midst of a landscape. The piece being played is a satire from the Italian Commedia dell’ Arte. The main characters appear on stage: Arlecchino, Columbina and PantaloneA poster at the front of the stage reads “Alec Men” (“Menandrian Allegory”). // This work belonged to a series of twelve scenes, six of bulls and six on varied subjects, which the painer made following his grave illness of 1783, when he lost his hearing. As these works were not commissioned, Goya was able to paint with greater freedom. He presented the series at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando in January 1794.

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