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The Assumption Oballe

  • The Assumption Oballe. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura

    The Assumption Oballe. Santa Cruz Museum. Toledo © Ministerio de Cultura





1608 - 1613


El Greco

Cultural background


Original title

La Asunción Oballe
Santa Cruz Museum
Toledo, Castile-La Mancha

This painting was finished the year before El Greco died and is considered to be one of the artist's greatest masterpieces, his "aesthetic testament" synthesising all his work to date.

A very imposing Mary, dressed in a red tunic and a blue cloak, is suspended in a heavenly atmosphere. The angel connects the image of Mary with the world below, which is depicted on the left, with a view of the city of the Toledo.

Several specialists have highlighted how Mary is ascending. Both figures follow winding lines and movements, starting from the bunch of the flowers underneath, moving up along the angel's feet, and ending in Mary's face.

The piece is in the chapel founded by Doña Isabel de Oballe in the Church of San Vicente, in Toledo.

Details of the work

Church of San Vicente. Chapel of Doña Isabel de Oballe, Toledo.


Height = 3.47 m; Width = 1.74 m

Oil on canvas technique

Canvas, Pigment, Varnish


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