Inventory number
P00813
Author
El Greco
Title
A Nobleman
Chronology
Ca. 1586
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
67 cm x 55 cm x 2 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Collection of Felipe V, Quinta of the Duke of Arco, El Prado-Madrid, “decimatercia pieza de verano”, 1745, [n. 409]; Quinta of the Duke of Arco, “pieza duodécima”, 1794, n. 364)

This portrait of an unidentified person dressed in black with a soft canvas ruff comes from the Duke of Arco's country house.

While the quality of this work is arguable, the subtle liveliness of the sitter is outstanding, given the economy of means used in making it: predominately a limited range of blacks and whites.

 
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