Auguste Blanchard fils âiné, after Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, ca. 1842
Etching and engraving on paper
15 × 11 in. (38 × 28 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Gift of Mrs John H. Wright, 1946
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
Between 1838 and 1849, Murillo’s self-portrait was displayed to the public as a prominent part of King Louis Philippe d’Orleáns’s collection of Spanish paintings — the so-called Galerie Espagnole — at the Louvre in Paris. This large print was produced after the painting arrived in Paris and attests to its celebrity in France at the time.