La Cometa

La Cometa
Artist Francisco de Goya
Year 1778
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain
Dimensions 269 x 285 cm
105.91 x 112.2 in
Famous Paintings by Goya
Saturn Devouring His Son
The Third of May 1808
La Maja Desnuda
The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
Witches’ Sabbath
La Maja Vestida
La Cometa
The Forge
The Dog
Complete Works

La Cometa, meaning The Kite, is a work by the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya dating from around 1777. It is held by the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Measuring 105.91 by 112.2 inches, the work is one of the artist’s 63 tapestry cartoons commissioned by two different kings of Spain.

Cartoons

Cartoons were works, often painted on paper, which were created for cloth workers to convert into tapestries. Goya did his cartoons using oil on canvas.

Composition

The painting is of a group of people just outside a town or city. The foreground of the painting shows five young men around a rock. Three of them are looking at the kite of the title, which occupies the top left of the picture.

The right side of the painting is dominated by a tree, under which a dog is lying. There are other people standing behind the main group. Behind the people is a large Moorish style building with a domed roof.

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