Spanish Old Master Drawings

Portrait of Leon Battista Alberti

José del Castillo

(Madrid, 1737-1793)


  • Date: c. 1784
  • Black chalk on yellowish laid paper
  • 194 x 130 mm
  • Inscribed: “LEON BAUTISTA ALBERTI /ARQUITECTO FLORENTINO”, in the cartouche imitating a sheet of parchment below the portrait; “Juan del Castillo f”, in oak gall ink in 19th century handwriting in the lower right corner outside the frame
  • Provenance: Madrid, collection of the Marquis of Casa-Torres; Madrid, private collection