A tour of the cathedral's tapestries, based on cartoons by Francisco de Goya.
Among the tapestries bequeathed to the cathedral by Pedro Acuña were the 12 Goya pieces that are part of the art collections, and which are currently on display in a dedicated room in the museum.
In his cartoons, Goya reflected the popular customs of Madrid life in the last third of the 18th century, such as the typical scene of a cherry seller depicted in this image.
The collection of tapestries comes from a set of cartoons that Charles III commissioned from the Royal Factory of Santa Bárbara between 1777 and 1780, to decorate various rooms in the Royal Palace of El Pardo.
The tapestry "Boys Playing Soldiers" was woven for the lintel in the bedroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias.
The legacy of Pedro Acuña was hugely important for the Cathedral Museum, as it provided Santiago Cathedral with a large collection of Goya tapestries.
It is worth noting that no tapestry in the whole collection portrays religious themes. Instead, they incorporate "costumbrista" themes exploring local customs and "majo" traditions, for example in "The Maja and the Masked Men."
The collection of tapestries at Santiago Cathedral was, for years, kept in the cathedral's old tailor's workshop until they were exhibited on the cloister walls during the Corpus Christi festivities some time later.
"Majo with a Guitar" depicts a dandy playing and singing what is possibly a melancholy love song. The protagonist's loneliness is amplified here by the absence of any other characters.
When the Cathedral Museum was established in 1928, the balcony rooms, which used to house the tailor's workshop, were used for the permanent exhibition of part of the Cathedral's tapestry collection.
The tapestry entitled "The Fountain" was presented on January 24, 1780 for the anteroom of the Prince and Princess of Asturias.
An exhibition created by Fundación Catedral de Santiago
Photography: ©Museo Catedral de Santiago
Texts: Marina Pérez Toro