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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 Apostle who looks out at the viewer from the right of the canvas has been identified as a self-portrait, or as a portrait of the artist´s friend, Antonio de Covarrubias. Along with other paintings in

The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on canvas. 1612 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
The Adoration of the Shepherds
Oil on canvas. 1612 - 1614
el Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

This night scene is set in a narrow, irregular space -a sort of grotto with a gabled opening in the back, consisting of two semi-circular arches. Mary holds her newborn Son, naked on her lap, while Saint Joseph and three shepherds surround them, expressing their fervent devotion to the child. A kneeling ox also contemplates the baby. The compositional ellipse is closed at the top by a group of ang

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