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Mary Tudor, Queen of England, Second Wife of Philip II
Oil on panel. 1554
Mor, Anthonis
Mary Tudor, Queen of England, Second Wife of Philip II
Oil on panel. 1554
Mor, Anthonis

In 1604 in his biography of Mor, Karel van Mander referred to the artist’s trip to London in 1554, where he was sent on the orders of Charles V to paint Mary Tudor (1516–1558), and to the success of t [+]

Isabel de Valois holding a Portrait of Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1561 - 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba (Attributed To)
Isabel de Valois holding a Portrait of Philip II
Oil on canvas. 1561 - 1565
Anguissola, Sofonisba (Attributed To)

This portrait is a full-length likeness of Philip II’s third wife, Queen Isabel de Valois. She wears a black gown with pointed sleeves and a long train that is curled around her body and billows at th [+]

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 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 [+]

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 [+]

Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz
Oil on canvas. 1585 - 1588
Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Infanta Isabel Clara Eugenia and Magdalena Ruiz
Oil on canvas. 1585 - 1588
Sánchez Coello, Alonso

Alonso Sánchez Coello was court painter to Philip II and he united two different pictorial styles developed in the mid sixteenth century by Titian and Anthonis Mor respectively. Sánchez [+]

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 [+]

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 [+]

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

At the top, a nude Christ bears a white banner in his left hand, symbolizing triumph over death. His purple robe signifies sacrifice and martyrdom, while his rhomboidal halo echoes the Byzantine tradi [+]

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

A passage from the New Testament (Luke I, 26-38) that tells of the annunciation of the Virgin´s motherhood by the Archangel Gabriel and the incarnation of Christ in Mary by the Holy Ghost in the form [+]

Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Portrait of a Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

A portrait of an unidentified gentleman dressed in black with a white ruff. His expressive gaze and the loose and confident brushstrokes denote the high quality of this work, which is very similar to [+]

Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Portrait of a Young Gentleman
Oil on canvas. 1600 - 1605
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

Both the large ruff the sitter is wearing and the technique used date this portrait to the beginning of the seventeenth century. The loose brushwork (in the form of subtle highlights, dabbing and smal [+]

Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1610 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Saint Sebastian
Oil on canvas. 1610 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

According to ancient traditions collected by Jacobus de Voragine in his Legenda Aurea (1264), Saint Sebastian was a third-century Roman soldier who served in the Praetorian Guard, one of the most pres [+]

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