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The Royal Tapestry Factory in Madrid is due to file for bankruptcy after it failed to resolve its spiralling debts. The factory’s accumulated losses stood at nearly €6m in 2013, while a lack of funds means its 52 employees have not been paid for four months. Its electricity supply is also on the verge of being cut off, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Monica Oriole, the president of the foundation that runs the factory, resigned following a board meeting on 13 July, in which it was agreed the company would begin the process of applying for bankruptcy.

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Monday, 01 December 2014 11:45

Goya Tapestries go on View at the Prado Museum

The Prado Museum has devoted an exhibition to showcase the results of the time the painter Francisco de Goya dedicated to working on tapestries.

The Royal Tapestry Factory’s commission to Francisco de Goya to paint tapestry cartoons in 1775 brought the artist to Madrid where he eventually spent two decades of his life. “Goya in Madrid” analyzes the Spaniard’s works and the sources that inspired him.

A total of 142 pieces, which were the models to create the tapestries to decorate El Escorial and El Pardo palaces, were made by the artist during the period he spent at the Spanish royal court. The cartoons have belonged to the Prado Museum since 1870, when they arrived from the Royal Palace.

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