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Portrait of his son Jorge Manuel

  • Portrait of his son Jorge Manuel. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

    Portrait of his son Jorge Manuel. Seville Museum of Fine Arts © Ministerio de Cultura

     
  

Category

Painting

Date

1600/05

Artist

El Greco

Cultural background

Mannerism

Original title

Retrato de su hijo Jorge Manuel
Seville Museum of Fine Arts
Seville
Seville, Andalusia

This excellent portrait by El Greco is also a unique and outstanding work within the artist's production, as it is an important testimony to his family life.

This is the only work by El Greco in the museum. Although it was considered to be a self-portrait of the painter throughout the whole of the 19th century, today most researchers agree that the sitter was Jorge Manuel, El Greco's only son, and an architect, sculptor and painter like his father.

This is without doubt one of the portraits by the artist which demonstrates the greatest liveliness of expression and restrained elegance. The sitter's slender figure and distinguished and natural appearance make this a highly compelling portrait. The subject is depicted with an extremely fluid technique and with particular care, as this was the artist's own son.
 

Details of the work

Origin
Palacio de San Telmo (Sevilla)

Object
Painting

Dimensions
74 x 50.5 cm.

Technique
Oil on canvas.

Material
Lienzo

  

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