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The Saviour

  • The Saviour. El Greco Museum. Toledo © David Blázquez

    The Saviour. El Greco Museum. Toledo © David Blázquez

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1610-1614

Artist

El Greco

Cultural background

Mannerism

Original title

El Salvador
El Greco Museum
Toledo
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha
Toledo

The portrait of Christ the Saviour heads one of the most unusual series of the late production of El Greco: the Apostolate series

The figure of Christ the Saviour, depicted giving a blessing full-face, reminds us of the Byzantine Christ Pantocrators of El Greco’s early years.

As in his paintings of the apostles, the artist here provides a free version of a common theme in Christian iconography since the mediaeval period. This can be interpreted in relation to private commissions of small works for private devotional purposes.

Technically, the figure of Christ the Saviour is one of the most highly finished works in the series, with fine, carefully detailed touches. It is the most finished and serene painting in the series, and is repeated in a much rougher form in the Apostolate in Toledo Cathedral, which suggests involvement by members of the workshop.
 

Details of the work

Origin/Provenance
Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes

Object
Painting

Dimensions
Height = 100.4 cm; Width = 80.2 cm

Technique
Oil

Material
Canvas

  

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