View and Plan of Toledo

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View and Plan of Toledo
Spanish: Vista y plano de Toledo
El Greco - View and Plan of Toledo - Google Art Project.jpg
ArtistEl Greco
Year1608 (1608)
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions132 cm × 228 cm (52 in × 90 in)
LocationMuseum of El Greco, Toledo

View and Plan of Toledo is a work of El Greco, made in 1608 during his last period. It is preserved in the El Greco Museum, Toledo.

Analysis[edit]

This work moves away from the beautiful and stylized descriptions of Toledo; it shows a great meticulousness. This fostered the assumption that it was commissioned by the city council. The enormous detail that was made on the plane caused many scholars to guess that this is a work of Jorge Manuel, son of the painter and expert in architecture.

At the top of the canvas is the Virgin Mary, accompanied by a court of angels carrying the chasuble of San Ildefonso. In this work it could be read as an anticipation of impressionism, and even Paul Cézanne.

Provenance[edit]

The painting was probably commissioned by Pedro de Salazar y Mendoza. It appeared on an inventories of goods of El Greco in 1614, and Jorge Manuel in 1621. It entered the collection of the Museo del Greco in 1910.[1][2][3]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Álvarez Lopera, José, El Greco, Madrid, Arlanza, 2005, Biblioteca «Descubrir el Arte», (colección «Grandes maestros»). ISBN 84-95503-44-1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Digital de Colecciones de Museos de España - Museos". ceres.mcu.es. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ "Vista y plano de Toledo - Cuadro". www.europeana.eu. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  3. ^ Michael Scholz-Hänsel (2004). El Greco. Taschen. p. 57. ISBN 978-3-8228-3171-7.