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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Tobar, Alonso Miguel de
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Tobar, Alonso Miguel de

Higuera de la Sierra/Higuera de Aracena, Huelva, 1678 - Madrid, 1758

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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

XVIII century. Oil on canvas.
Not on display

This high-quality imitation depicts the Sevillian painter half-length in an oval frame and places the figure in an illusionist setting with trompe l’oeil effects.

Tobar rendered portraits of important figures of the court within Isabella Farnese’s inner circle. These portraits were outstanding for their excellent treatment of expression and demonstrated the artist’s ability to capture expression in an energetic manner. He was then considered one of the best portraitists of that era in Seville. Upon the court’s return to San Ildefonso in 1733, Tobar was appointed court painter after Teodoro Ardemans left the position vacant, and he received a salary of 36,000 reales de vellón (Spanish copper reales) per year.

Tobar based this work on one of Murillo’s self-portraits that he painted as an adult for his children and that was later acquired by Nicolás de Omazur and then owned by the Earl Spencer (Althorp House). It measures 1.25 x 1.07 m and is currently in the National Gallery in London. There are also other imitations of Murillo’s original self-portrait, including a version in the Prado (P2912) that seems not to have been inspired by the original piece in the National Gallery, but instead by the engraving that Omazur commissioned from Richard Collin in 1682, for which he had the portrait sent to Antwerp.

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Inventory number
P001153
Author
Tobar, Alonso Miguel de
Title
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
Date
XVIII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 101 cm; Width: 76 cm
Provenance
Royal Collection (Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, Consejo de Estado, 1818, nº 180 y 314).

Bibliography +

Aguilera, Emiliano M., Pintores españoles del siglo XVIII, Iberia Joaquin Gil, Barcelona, 1946, pp. 11.

Salas, Xavier de, Museo del Prado. Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1972.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Catálogo de las pinturas, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1985, pp. 711-712.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado. Inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso: retrato y escena del rey, Patrimonio Nacional; El Viso, Madrid, 2000, pp. 286.

Esplendores de Espanha de el Greco a Velázquez, Arte Viva, Río de Janeiro, 2000, pp. 185.

Checa Cremades, Fernando, Cortes del Barroco : De Bernini y Velazquez a Lvca Giordano, Cortes del Barroco.De Bernini y Velázquez a Luca Giordano, SeacexPatrimonio Nacional, Madrid, 2003, pp. 344/13.2.

Quiles Garcia, Fernando, Alonso Miguel de Tovar (1678-1752), Diputación de Sevilla, Servicio de Archivos y Publicaciones, Sevilla, 2005.

López Fanjul, M. Pérez Preciado, J. J., Los números y marcas de colección en los cuadros del Museo del Prado, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XXIII, 2005, pp. 84-110.

Quiles, F, 'Alonso Miguel de Tobar. Bartolomé Esteban Murillo' En:, Murillo y su estela en Sevilla, ICAS, Instituto de la Cultura y las Artes de Sevilla., Sevilla, 2017, pp. 250-251 n.45.

La apariencia de lo real. Cincuenta años de arte realista en España (1960-2010), Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga,, Málaga, 2017, pp. 104-105 n.27.

Other inventories +

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1872-1907. Núm. 1044.

Inv. Fernando VII, Aranjuez, 1814-1818. Núm. 180 y 314.
Consejo de Estado [...] {20974} 180 y 314 / Cinco quartas alto quatro ancho, retrato de Murillo hecho por el mismo = Murillo

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 47.
Tobar (Alonso Miguel de) / 47. Retrato de Bartolomé Murillo (busto)/ Alto 3 pies, 7 pulg, 6 lin; ancho 2 pies, 8 pulg, 8 lin

Catálogo Museo del Prado, 1854-1858. Núm. 47.

Inscriptions +

180.
Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

314
Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

5
Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Murillo y su Estela en Sevilla
Sevilla
05.12.2017 - 08.04.2018

La apariencia de lo real
Málaga
06.04.2017 - 10.09.2017

Alonso Miguel Tovar (1678-1752) en la estela de Murillo
Sevilla
30.09.2006 - 19.11.2006

Bernini, Velázquez, Luca Giordano. Le Corti del Barocco - Cortes del Barroco
Aranjuez
15.10.2003 - 15.01.2004

El Real Sitio de La Granja de San Ildefonso. retrato y escena del rey
La Granja
15.06.2000 - 15.10.2000

Update date: 08-08-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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