D. Fr. Antonio Alcalde, Obispo de Guadalajara

D. Fr. Antonio Alcalde, Obispo de Guadalajara

19th century
Artist
unknown artist
Country
Mexico
Object
engraving
Medium
Engraving
Accession Number
2013.336
Credit Line
Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer

Unknown artist, D. Fr. Antonio Alcalde, Obispo de Guadalajara, 1800s. Engraving; 10⅞ × 7⅛ in.  Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.336.

Dimensions
height: 10 7/8 in, 27.6225 cm; width: 7 1/8 in, 18.0975 cm
Inscription
D. Fr. Antonio Alcalde, Obispo de Guadalajara
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Antonio Alcalde Barriga (1701-1792) was a Spanish Dominican priest and prelate. He joined the Dominican Order at age 16. At age 60, after decades in the Church, he was appointed Bishop of Yucatan by Charles III in 1761. Barriga remained in that post for 10 years until his appointment as Bishop of Guadalajara in 1771. During his tenure in Guadalajara, Barriga helped found the University of Guadalajara and the Hospital of San Miguel. Barriga was known throughout his life for his amiable nature, humility, and dedication to poverty and fasting.

This anonymous portrait was made in the 1800s, some years after Barriga’s death in 1792. Barriga is portrayed with many of the features found in other portraits: a thin, prominent nose, hollowed cheeks, and heavy brows.

– Kathryn Santner, Frederick and Jan Mayer Fellow of Spanish Colonial Art, 2022

Exhibition History
  • Exhibited, 2007, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO.