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The Flight into Egypt
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Flight into Egypt
Oil on pine panel. Ca. 1570
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This small panel -it is practically a miniature- is truly exceptional among El Greco’s works. In it, he employs landscape as an essential compositional element while simultaneously demonstrating his m [+]

The Annunciation
Oil on panel. 1570 - 1572
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Annunciation
Oil on panel. 1570 - 1572
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

In keeping with iconographic tradition, the Virgin turns in surprise at the arrival of the Archangel Gabriel and the Holy Ghost. This work is very close, compositionally and stylistically, to the Annu [+]

The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This bust-length portrait entered the royal collections as a donation by the widow of the Duke of Arco, gentlemanin- waiting, Equerry and Master of the Horse to Philip V. In his recreational estate at [+]

Saint Anthony of Padua
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Saint Anthony of Padua
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

The pyramidal composition and the monumental character of the figure are similar to those of Saint Benedict (P-817), also in the Prado. An exceptional depiction of this saint from Lisbon holding a spr [+]

Fable
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Fable
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1580
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This scene of a young man blowing on burning embers was already developed by El Greco in Italy. Here, the motif is complicated by a mischievous young man and a monkey. This possible allegory of sexual [+]

Saint Benedict
Oil on canvas. 1577 - 1579
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Saint Benedict
Oil on canvas. 1577 - 1579
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This image of Saint Benedict of Nursia (c.480-547) was painted for the high altar in the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, one of the oldest convents in Toledo founded by the Benedictine order in th [+]

The Holy Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1577 - 1579
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Holy Trinity
Oil on canvas. 1577 - 1579
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

The Heavenly Father, with an Eastern Miter on his head, holds the body of Christ in his lap. The dove of the Holy Ghost appears over his head, while six young angels surround the scene. Several cherub [+]

Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1586
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1586
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A long bust of a young manwith a gaunt face bearing a moustache and goatee, large dark, almond-shaped eyes and a long, thin nose. His short, dark hair brings out his pale complexion. He is dressed in [+]

Portrait of a Doctor
Oil on canvas. 1582 - 1585
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Portrait of a Doctor
Oil on canvas. 1582 - 1585
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

The figure represented in this painting is identified as a doctor on account of the ring on the thumb of his left hand. This could be Luis Mercado, physician to Philip II, or Rodrigo de la Fuente, a p [+]

The Veil of Saint Veronica
Oil on canvas. 1586 - 1595
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
The Veil of Saint Veronica
Oil on canvas. 1586 - 1595
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

El Greco executed various versions of the Holy Face on the Veil of Veronica, an iconographic motif that became very popular at the end of the Middle Ages. According to the story that developed during [+]

The Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1592
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Coronation of the Virgin
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1592
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

The Virgin Mary is crowned Queen of Heaven by God the Father and Jesus Christ at the same time. The Holy Ghost, appears above them in the form of a dove, occupying the upper vertex of a rhombus formed [+]

An Elderly Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1587 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
An Elderly Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1587 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A portrait of an anonymous nobleman, possibly from Toledo, with a narrow white ruff. The background is neutral. This work is considered one of the artist´s finest portraits. With the combination of th [+]

Saints Andrew and Francis
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1595
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Saints Andrew and Francis
Oil on unlined canvas. Ca. 1595
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

Under a sky filled with leaden-gray storm clouds, Saint Andrew and Saint Francis of Assisi stand next to each other in conversation. The apostle appears on the viewer’s left, wearing a cobalt blue tun [+]

The Virgin Mary
Oil on canvas. 1595 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
The Virgin Mary
Oil on canvas. 1595 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

Mary, wrapped in a red tunic, with a white headdress under her blue robes, is depicted here with an intense sense of devotion. The luminous halo alludes to the image´s sacred character and is used by [+]

The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant Saint John
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant Saint John
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A partir de la década de los ochenta, el Greco elaboró una interesante iconografía en torno al tema de la Sagrada Familia que continuó trabajando en los años siguientes y del que realizó varias versio [+]

Pentecost
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Pentecost
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This work depicts the moment when the Holy Ghost, in the form of flames, rests on the Virgin and the Apostles on Pentecost day in Jerusalem, as is told in the book of Acts (2: 1-5). The bald, bearded [+]

The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Baptism of Christ
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This evangelical episode is divided into two overlapping horizontal zones joined by the dove, which symbolizes the Holy Ghost. On the earthly plane, Christ, nude but for his loincloth, is framed by a [+]

The Crucifixion
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Crucifixion
Oil on canvas. 1597 - 1600
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A night view of Calvary with a markedly Eucharistic character. Mary Magdalene, at Christ´s feet, and three angels collecting the blood of the slain Savior, appear framed by the figures of the Virgin a [+]

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