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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

A high-quality imitation, in which the Sevillian painter appears half-length in an oval frame, placing the figure in an illusionist setting, with trompe l´oeil effects.

Tobar rendered portraits for important figures of the court within the inner circle of Isabella Farnese, outstanding for his excellence in the treatment of expression and his ability to capture it 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 the vacant position left by Teodoro Ardemans, for which he received a salary of 36,000 reales de vellón (Spanish copper reales) a year.

Tobar based this work on one of Murillo´s self-portraits, painted as an adult for his children and later acquired by Nicolás de Omazur and then owned by the Earl Spencer (Althorp House). It measures 1.25 x 1.07 m and currently resides in the National Gallery, London. There are also other imitations of Murillo´s original self-portrait. Special recognition deserves a version in the Prado (P2912), which seems not to have been inspired by the original piece in the National Gallery , but rather 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
Tobar, Alonso Miguel de
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
XVIII century
Height: 101 cm; Width: 76 cm
Royal Collection (Palacio de Aranjuez, Madrid, Consejo de Estado, 1818, nº 180 y 314).

Bibliography +

Aguilera, Emiliano M., Pintores españoles del siglo XVIII, IberiaJoaquin 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 +

Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

Inscribed in white. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

Murillo y su Estela en Sevilla
05.12.2017 - 08.04.2018

La apariencia de lo real
06.04.2017 - 10.09.2017

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

Bernini, Velázquez, Luca Giordano. Le Corti del Barocco - Cortes del Barroco
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: 21-04-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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