Alonso Miguel de Tovar began his career as an artist painting religious subjects and was trained in this manner by Juan Antonio Ossorio in Seville. Stylistically, and as is clear in this large-scale Saint Dominic receiving the Rosary from the Virgin
, his religious works are heavily indebted to Murillo. Ignacio Cano Rivero places this example in the latter part of the artist's career, to circa
1732, and at a moment when his contours become softened compared to his early career. At this mature moment his style is still indebted to Murillo, but very much distinguishable as an independent hand. Indeed, the present work has stylistic parallels with Miguel de Tovar's similarly rendered Divina Pastora
in the Museo del Prado (inv. P000871).
We are grateful to Ignacio Cano Rivero and Benito Navarette for independently proposing the attribution to Alonso Miguel de Tovar, based on photographs.