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Portrait of Saint John the Evangelist, ca. 1605, by El

Portrait of Saint John the Evangelist, ca. 1605, by El


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Portrait of Saint John the Evangelist, ca. 1605, by El

El Greco (1541-1614). Cretan painter. Saint John the Evangelist, ca. 1605. Prado Museum. Madrid. Spain

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Apostle Catholic Catholicism Chalice Clouds Cretan Domenikos Evangelist Frame Greco Halo Hold Theotokopoulos


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This stunning portrait of Saint John the Evangelist, painted by the renowned Cretan artist El Greco around 1605, is a captivating masterpiece housed in the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The image showcases the apostle in advanced age, his long white beard and flowing robes contrasting against the dark background. John is depicted holding a chalice, symbolizing the Eucharist and his role as the beloved disciple who reclined on Jesus' breast at the Last Supper. El Greco's unique artistic style is evident in the elongated figure of the saint, with his arms and hands extending gracefully outward, creating a sense of dynamic movement. The golden halo surrounding John's head adds a divine aura, while the swirling clouds in the background suggest a heavenly realm. Born as Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete, El Greco spent time in Venice before settling in Spain in the late 16th century. His fusion of European and Greek influences is evident in this work, which showcases the artist's mastery of color, form, and composition. Saint John the Evangelist is an essential figure in Catholicism and Christianity as a whole, and this portrait offers a powerful representation of his spiritual significance. The intricate details and rich symbolism make this artwork a must-see for art lovers and those interested in the history of European and Greek art.

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