Art in Detail_EL GRECO, Featured Paintings

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Art in Detail EL GRECO Featured Paintings

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Laocoön and his sons were strangled by giant sea serpents sent by the Gods as punishment ...

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GRECO, El Laocoön 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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GRECO, El Laocoön (detail) 1610 Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm National Gallery of Art, Washington

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... a knightly Christian, melancholy and austere, and a haughty representative of his class and time

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest 1583-85 Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (detail) 1583-85 Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (detail) 1583-85 Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (detail) 1583-85 Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (detail) 1583-85 Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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... the contrast between this world and the Kingdom of Heaven above

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail) 1586-88 Oil on canvas, 480 x 360 cm Santo Tomé, Toledo

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The onrushing storm presents an ominous warning to the beautiful medieval city ...

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo 1597-99 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo (detail) 1597-99 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo (detail) 1597-99 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo (detail) 1597-99 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo (detail) 1597-99 Oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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... a transcendent and spiritual happening depicted in bright and contrasting colours

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail) c. 1614 Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm Museo del Prado, Madrid

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... the apocalyptical vision in colour, light and movement

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John) (detail) 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 222,3 x 193 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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GRECO, El The Opening of the Fifth Seal (The Vision of St John Also known as The Vision of Saint John, this painting is the most famous artwork of El Greco’s later years. It depicts a passage from the Book of Revelation of the New Testament where the fifth seal is being opened at the end of time and the souls of the martyrs are crying out to God for deliverance. Many art critics believe that Fifth Seal was an influence on Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, often considered the first cubist painting, and this has led to great debate adding to the fame of this masterpiece.

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PICASSO, Pablo Les Demoiselles d'Avignon 1907 Oil on canvas, 243.9 × 233.7 cm Museum of Modern Art, New York The Opening of the Fifth Seal source of inspiration for Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon

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GRECO, El Laocoön This painting depicts the mythical deaths of Laocoön, a Trojan priest of Poseidon, and his two sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus. According to the myth, Laocoön warned his countrymen about the Trojan horse; and he and his sons were strangled by giant sea serpents sent by the Gods as punishment. Laocoön and Fifth Seal are the paintings of El Greco which have had the deepest impact on modern painting. The former is essential to Expressionism and the latter to Cubism.

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GRECO, El Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest In formal portraiture of the period, it is characteristic that the individuality of the sitter is subservient to the manifestation of virtue. El Greco's portrait of an unknown knight with his hand on his breast is an example. He is shown solemnly committing his whole being to a higher principle, for the gesture of placing the right hand on the heart signalled not only pious respect but also a declaration of intent that would be upheld as a matter of honour. Since the knight directly faces and presents himself to the viewer, exactly as if he were making a vow, the viewer becomes a witness to his solemn act.

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GRECO, El The Burial of the Count of Orgaz This painting it illustrates a popular local legend by which Saints Augustine and Stephen descended from heaven to assist in the burial of Don Gonzalo Ruíz, a native of Toledo known for philanthropy and piety; and who was posthumously known as Count of Orgaz. The lower section of the painting depicts the miraculous burial while the above shows the spiritual world waiting to receive the pious man into heaven. As the artwork is a prime example of Mannerism, depicts a visionary experience and contains an impressive array of portraits, it is seen by art critics as the coming together of all extraordinary attributes of the genius’s art. It is not only the most famous painting by El Greco but also universally regarded as his greatest masterpiece.

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GRECO, El A View of Toledo Landscape paintings were rare in Spanish art at the time and this painting is one of only three surviving landscapes by El Greco. Among El Greco’s most cherished masterpieces, View of Toledo is renowned for its enigmatic symbolism and for the majestically executed contrast between the dark skies above and the glowing green below. Along with Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, it remains one of the most famous depictions of the sky in Western art.

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GRECO, El The Adoration of the Shepherds This painting depicts the shepherd and angels celebrating the miracle of the newly born Jesus. El Greco has brilliantly used strange poses, rhythmic dance like motions and dissonant colors to create a sense of wonder and ecstasy for the viewer. The painting is also noted for extreme distortion of body which marked the last works of El Greco. This painting is one of El Greco's last paintings, and it is also one of his finest.

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Doménikos Theotokópoulos, known over the world by his by-name El Greco, was an artist of Greek origin who was active in Spain and was among the leading figures of the Spanish Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries. El Greco excelled as a painter of religious subjects but was also equally adept in portraiture and landscapes. His art is considered a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism; and is so individualistic that art historians struggle to place him in any conventional school.

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