Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

etching on paper of man in profile, with mustache and long hair

Manuel Alegre, after Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1790
Engraving and etching on paper
12 5/8 × 8 5/8 in. (32 × 22 cm)
Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus), Seville

 

This print — the first known after the Frick self-portrait — was produced in 1790 in Madrid, by Manuel Alegre. At the time, the painting was in the collection of Bernardo de Iriarte, a prominent political and cultural figure in the Spanish capital. Iriarte was the Vice-Protector of the Academia of San Fernando, and Alegre states in the inscription that he was awarded a prize by the academy for this engraving. Iriarte had lent the portrait to the academy so that students could copy it.