Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

engraving on paper of man with mustache and long hair in profile

Henry Adlard, after Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
From William Stirling-Maxwell, Annals of the Artists of Spain (London, 1848)
Steel engraving on paper
5 7/8 × 4 1/4 in. (14.8 × 10.7 cm)
The National Gallery, London, Libraries and Archives Department
© The National Gallery, London


As the discipline of art history became better codified in the nineteenth century, books on Spanish art, and on Murillo in particular, began to be published. The four volumes in the exhibition demonstrate how Murillo’s self-portrait at the Frick had become the standard image of the painter in the art historical literature of the period. Before photography became an indispensable tool for art history, these engravings faithfully reproduced the original painting, which at that time moved between different collections in Paris and London. In 1904, the canvas was purchased by Henry Clay Frick and reached New York.

Other volumes in the exhibition:  

Histoire des peintres de toutes les Ecoles (Paris, 1869)
Murillo (London, 1882)
Murillo: A Biography and Appreciation (London, 1907)

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