Nobleman with the Hand on his Chest, by El Greco. 🎨 This

Nobleman with the Hand on his Chest, by El Greco. 🎨 This

7/1/2021, 6:44:27 PM
Nobleman with the Hand on his Chest, by El Greco. 🎨 This masterpiece if one of the best-known works by El Greco, remarkable for its expressive gaze and the naturalness of the gesture of the hand. It was painted in the early years of hte artist's stay in Toledo, and repays a closer analysis as it has several key features of the artist's style. These include the exaggerated anatomical disproportions, the stylised figure, and the depth of the sitter's gaze. It perfectly illustrates the sober style of dress in Spain at the time. There are a range of theories as to the meaning of the gesture. It could symbolise a state of mind, such as repentance or a vow. Today it is thought to be a portrait of Juan de Silva y Ribera, the head notary of Toledo. However there have been various hypotheses regarding the sitter’s identity, including Cervantes or a self-portrait of the artist. A total icon in any case! 🧑‍🎨 El Greco (Greek, 1541-1614), born Domenikos Theotokopoulos, was an artist whose painting and sculpture helped define the Spanish Renaissance and influence various movements after that. Born in Crete, then part of the Republic of Venice, he studied the great masters such as Titian early in youth. Around the age 35, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life, producing his best-known paintings, with a particular style that is now seen as precursor of Expressionism and Cubism. He is remembered chiefly for his elongated, tortured figures, often religious in nature, the style of which baffled his contemporaries but helped establish his reputation in the years to come. 📐 Height: 82 cm (32.3 in). Width: 66 cm (26 in). Oil on canvas, circa 1580. 🏛 Museo del Prado, Madrid. @museoprado What do you think about this? Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!

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