Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
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.