- Reference number
- El Greco (Spanish)
- A Trinitarian Friar
- Ca. 1610
- 35 cm x 26 cm
- On display
- Convento del Rosario, Madrid, 1813; Legado Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916
A portrait of a friar wearing the habit of the Trinitarian Order, with a dark background.
This work's small format and the fact that it is unsigned indicate that it may have been a study for a larger portrait that is now lost.
El Greco painted numerous similar portraits of friends and leading figures in Toledo at that time. Normally he depicted them on a dark background, lit by a single light source that emphasizes the almost pure white tones and the sitters' faces.