Ibercaja Foundation incorporates the only complete series of ‘Children’s Games’ by the Aragonese painter into the Goya Museum

Ibercaja Foundation incorporates the only complete series of ‘Children’s Games’ by the Aragonese painter into the Goya Museum
Ibercaja Foundation incorporates the only complete series of ‘Children’s Games’ by the Aragonese painter into the Goya Museum

Ibercaja Foundation incorporates the only complete series of ‘Children’s Games’ by the Aragonese painter into the Goya MuseumWikipedia

He Goya Museum of the Ibercaja Foundation From today, the permanent collection has 7 new Goyas. This is the only complete and preserved series of scenes from “Kids’ games” painted by Francisco de Goya: Children playing bullfight, Children looking for nests, Children playing at jumping, Children playing soldiers, Children fighting over chestnuts and Children playing seesaw. In addition to these 6 paintings, the Miniature Portrait of a Young Gentleman in a Blue Tailcoat is being added to the permanent collection. In total, from now on, visitors to the Goya Museum will be able to contemplate 32 works by the great Aragonese artist in this space.

The press conference was attended by José Luis Rodrigo, general director of the Ibercaja Foundation; May Forcén, director of the Goya Museum, and Ignacio Olmos, director of the Santamarca Foundation and of San Ramón and San Antonio.

The only complete series in the world

One of the peculiarities of this series is that it is the only one in the world that has been preserved and can be seen in its entirety. The scenes from “Children’s Games” were painted by Francisco de Goya between 1775 and 1785. Before becoming part of the Goya Museum collection, the series was exhibited at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and in Milan.

The series of scenes on display at the Goya Museum features children, from 2 to 13 years old, in action and movement, the fruit of his childhood memories in Zaragoza. In them, Goya depicts them playing, jumping, fighting or bullfighting, with costumes that simulate soldiers’ uniforms, paper hats or weapons made from reeds.

Scenes set in Spain and Italy

Three of the scenes are set in Spain, specifically in urban spaces and on the outskirts of Madrid (Children playing at jumping), in villages in Castile (Children playing at soldiers) and also in spaces recreated based on his childhood memories in Zaragoza (Children playing at bullfighting). On the other hand, Children playing at seesaws, Children fighting over chestnuts, and Children looking for nests have the classical ruins of Rome as their background.

Making visible the situation of children of the time

One of Goya’s main objectives in creating this series was to highlight the lack of concern for the education of humble and poor children, most of whom were illiterate. These scenes are loaded with intentionality despite their apparently fun and cheerful tone.

The range of colours used by Goya in these scenes of children is the usual one of the period, with greyish-white, ochre and yellowish tones, green and dark blue, red and pinkish tones. In the skies, light greys, light greyish blues and orange stand out. Regarding the composition, in three of the scenes it is pyramidal and in the rest he used a horizontal development, with a group of children in the centre and two other secondary groups on the sides of the scene.

Miniature portrait signed by Goya

The miniature portrait of Young Gentleman in a Blue Tailcoat was painted by Goya around 1803 and his signature can be seen in the lower right corner, above the left shoulder of the subject portrayed. It is an unpublished work and uses a technique and support that are unusual in Goya’s activity as a portraitist: painted in gouache on an ivory sheet. The identity of the gentleman is unknown since no information appears on the reverse.

The Goya Museum continues to consolidate its position as a national and international reference point for the dissemination of the work and figure of Francisco de Goya. Currently, it offers its visitors the opportunity to admire 32 works by the Aragonese genius, as well as the complete series of engravings from 1778 to 1825.

In total, the space exhibits 530 works in its different rooms, in addition to the current temporary exhibition dedicated to Joaquín Sorolla, and continues with its vocation of bringing art and culture closer to all the residents of Zaragoza and the visitors who come to the city.

Ibercaja Foundation

The Ibercaja Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that was created as a result of the transformation of the Caja de Ahorros y Monte de Piedad de Zaragoza, Aragón y Rioja, Ibercaja, dedicated to the creation, implementation and promotion of social and cultural projects to foster the development of people by generating actions to improve the territory. The Ibercaja Foundation promotes innovation in programs and activities, responding to the new needs of society within its scope of action with four values ​​as its fundamental pillars: commitment, transparency, professionalism and dynamism.

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