Inventory number
P02890
Author
El Greco (Spanish)
Title
Saint James the Elder
Chronology
1610-1614
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
72 cm x 55 cm
School
Española
Theme
Religión
On display
Yes
Provenance
Iglesia de la Asunción o parroquial de Almadrones, Guadalajara, hasta la Guerra Civil; trasladado al Fuerte de Guadalajara, antiguo convento de San Francisco; adquirido por el Estado para el Museo del Prado, 1946.

The image thought to be Saint James the Elder, is the most appreciated of the series, both for its pictorial technique, with dragged brushstrokes that create interesting contrasts of light, and because of the intellectual and expressive mien of the character, which has also led some to think it might actually be Saint James the Younger, as there is no identifying attribute.

This work is part of a series of Apostles made for the church of Almadrones, Guadalajara. With only slight variations, it repeats the model of the Apostles at Toledo Cathedral and the House and Museum of El Greco in the same city. Four canvases from this series are at the Prado Museum. The participation of the master's workshop is visible in them.

 
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