Inventory number
P00817
Author
El Greco
Title
Saint Benedict
Chronology
1577-1579
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
116 cm x 81 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Religion
On display
No
Provenance
Iglesia de Santo Domingo el Antiguo, Toledo, hasta 1830; colección del infante Sebastián Gabriel de Borbón, Madrid, 1830-1838; Museo de la Trinidad, 1838-1872.

The founder of the Benedictine Order is represented half-length, wearing a black habit and holding a sumptuous crosier of silver, gold and semi-precious stones. This work is from El Greco's first period in Spain. The figure is solidly modeled and the brushstrokes contrast brilliantly with the sketchy background.

The work comes from the dismantled altarpiece of the Convent Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo. This same altarpiece is the origin of The Trinity (P00824), where it was paired with Saint Bernard (now lost), the founder of the Cistercian Order to which that convent belongs.

 
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