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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 Annunciation of the Modena Triptych, but it is not known whether it is a sketch for that work, or an autograph reduction. Probably painted in Venice just before 1570, this piece seems to be inspired by th

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 desire may also be inspired by a classical work that was often used at that time, Pliny the Elder´s Natural History. The lighting effects and color contrasts show how the Bassano influenced El Greco,

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 spray of white lilies in his right hand. In his left hand is a book with a small image of the Christ Child, a later addition that adapts this painting to the most common iconography of this Franciscan sa

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 tunic and green robes whose purple silk lining has grey reflections. He faces the viewer and leans on his characteristic x-shaped cross, turning his head to his left, where Saint Francis stands. The latt

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 mastery of the techniques and expressive resources of 16th-century Venetian painting. The Holy Family is depicted on its journey to Egypt, fleeing the persecution of Herod, who decreed the execution of

Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1602
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Christ carrying the Cross
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1602
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A slightly more than half-length image of Jesus wearing a red tunic and blue robes. Holding the cross with both hands, he rests it on his left shoulder. His head is slightly raised and his watery eyes bear a serene, resigned expression as he looks to the heavens. The crown of thorns on his head is reinforced by a luminous rhomboidal halo. The precisely rendered crown shows each of the tender, inte

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 cherubs´ heads appear at Jesus´ feet and under God the Father´s robes. Based on an engraving by Albrecht Dürer, this was one of El Greco´s first commissioned pieces in Toledo. The artist harmonizes the

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 the seventh century. In the sixteenth century, a new church was built with funding from a wealthy patron, Doña María de Silva, who died in 1575. Diego de Castilla, the deacon of the Cathed

Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
Saint Thomas
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

This work is part of an apostolate from the Church of Almadrones, Guadalajara, which repeats the model of the Apostolates at Toledo Cathedral and the Museum-House of El Greco in that same city with very few variations. The Museo del Prado has four canvases from this series -The Savior, Saint James (P02890), Saint Thomas (P02891) and Saint Paul (P02892)- all of which perceptibly include the partici

Christ the Saviour
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
Christ the Saviour
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

This work is part of an apostolate from the Church of Almadrones, Guadalajara, which repeats the model of the Apostolates at Toledo Cathedral and the Museum-House of El Greco in that same city with very few variations. The Museo del Prado has four canvases from this series -The Savior, Saint James (P02890), Saint Thomas (P02891) and Saint Paul (P02892)- all of which perceptibly include the partici

Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
Saint John the Evangelist
Oil on canvas. Ca. 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

Series of paintings representing the twelve Apostles, sometimes known as apostolados, were a common sub-genre in the religious painting of the Spanish Siglo de Oro. Such images could be part of altarpieces, and were also often used to decorate the walls of monasteries, convents, and private homes. This painting shows St. John the Evangelist, the author of the last of the four Gospels and the book

Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
Saint Paul
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

This work is part of an apostolate from the Church of Almadrones, Guadalajara, which repeats the model of the Apostolates at Toledo Cathedral and the Museum-House of El Greco in that same city with very few variations. The Museo del Prado has four canvases from this series -The Savior (P02889), Saint James (P02890), Saint Thomas (P02891) and Saint Paul- all of which perceptibly include the partici

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 medieval period, on His way to Calvary a woman offered Jesus a white cloth to wipe the sweat and blood from His brow, and the features of His face became imprinted on the cloth. There is no biblic

Saint James the Elder
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)
Saint James the Elder
Oil on canvas. 1608 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (And Workshop)

This work is part of an apostolate from the Church of Almadrones, Guadalajara, which repeats the model of the Apostolates at Toledo Cathedral and the Museum-House of El Greco in that same city with very few variations. The Museo del Prado has four canvases from this series -The Savior, Saint James (P02890), Saint Thomas (P02891) and Saint Paul (P02892)- all of which perceptibly include the partici

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