Diego de Acedo ‘El Primo’

Diego de Acedo ‘El Primo’

Diego de Acedo ‘El Primo’, after Velazquez
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes (1746-1828)
Spain
Late 18th century
Black chalk
Width 15 cm x height 19 cm
Museum no. CAI 836

Goya made this drawing when he was working under the direction of Mengs at the Santa Barbara tapestry factory on cartoons for tapestries with which to decorate the royal residences. Mengs greatly admired Velasquez and urged the younger painter ‘not only to copy (his works) but above all to imitate them.’ Goya made this copy from a painting recently installed in the King’s apartments. It and other such drawings were subsequently used to provide the guidelines for a set of etchings.