Inventory number
P02644
Author
El Greco (Spanish)
Title
A Trinitarian Friar
Chronology
Ca. 1610
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
35 cm x 26 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
No
Provenance
Convento del Rosario, Madrid, 1813; legado Pablo Bosch y Barrau, 1916.

A portrait of a friar wearing the habit of the Trinitarian Order, with a dark background.

This work's small format and the fact that it is unsigned indicate that it may have been a study for a larger portrait that is now lost.

El Greco painted numerous similar portraits of friends and leading figures in Toledo at that time. Normally he depicted them on a dark background, lit by a single light source that emphasizes the almost pure white tones and the sitters' faces.

 
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