|Philip V ordered the creation of the Real Fábrica de Tapices de Santa Bárbara1 in 1720 in order to provide tapestries for the Court after the loss of the Spanish territories in Flanders and the interruption of supplies from Brussels to the Spanish Crown.
In theory Goya painted for the Fábrica from 1775 to 1800, although his final work was completed in 1793 and he did no work from 1780 to 1786. For twelve years he produced no less than sixty three cartoons as models for the Royal Family's tapestries.
The cartoons are preserved in the Museum of El Prado and in several private collections.
Sambricio, V. de. Los tapices de Goya. Madrid : Patrimonio Nacional,1946
Arnaiz, J. M. Francisco de Goya, cartones y tapices. Madrid, 1987.
|A mounted picador|
|The meadow of San Isidro|
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