EL GRECO: PORTRAIT. Jorge Manuel Theotocopuli, El Greco's illegitimate son. Oil on canvas
EL GRECO: PORTRAIT.
Jorge Manuel Theotocopuli, El Greco's illegitimate son. Oil on canvas, 1605.
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The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen, c. 1590-1595. Creator: El Greco (Spanish, 1541-1614)
The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen, c. 1590-1595. The seemingly weightless figures, the startling colour combinations, and the moody, imprecise setting all show El Greco's interest in conveying the intense spirituality of these figures rather than their concrete reality. Above all, the painting addresses Mary's role as mediator between Christ and the viewer. She supports her son, but her faraway look indicates awareness of his fate. Mary feeds Jesus fruit held by Joseph that is full of symbolic meaning, with the apple representing the fall of man; cherries, the blood of Christ; peaches, salvation; and pears, the sweetness of Christ's virtue.
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Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Artist: El Greco, Dominico (1541-1614)
Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Found in the collection of Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona.
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