Inventory number
P07657
Author
El Greco
Title
Fable
Chronology
Ca. 1580
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
50,5 cm x 63,6 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Allegory
On display
Yes
Provenance
Inventario de los bienes del arzobispo San Juan de Ribera, Valencia, 1611; Zacharie Astruc, París, ¿1864?; vendido entre el 11 y el 12 de abril de 1878, (lote 38); venta anónima, Robinson, Fisher & Harding, Londres, 10 de marzo de 1927; Agnew y Colnaghi, Londres, hasta 1930; Adolf Pagenstecher, Wiesbaden (Alemania), 1930-1957; V. von Watzdorf, Rio de Janerio; Stanley Moss, Nueva York; adquisición con fondos del Legado Villaescusa, 1993.

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, who may have seen their work in Venice.

 
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