Paintings between 1581 and 1585
by EL GRECO

In addition to major altarpieces, El Greco did a booming trade in devotional pictures. Although rarely documented, these work supplied the artist's daily bread and were produced by him and his workshop in impressive quantities. It appears that he had a sort of sample case which could be shown to prospective customers, who would choose from reduced versions stored in a small room. The reason for the popularity of El Greco's devotional paintings is obvious: they are brilliantly rendered, and they also capture the piety and emotion of Counter-Reformation spirituality. Examples are St Peter in Penitence, and Mary Magdalen in Penitence.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Veil of St Veronica
1580-82
Oil on canvas, 51 x 66 cm
Private collection

1030*786
True Color
134 Kb



Mary Magdalen in Penitence
1580-85
Oil on canvas, 108 x 87 cm
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

647*812
True Color
118 Kb



Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest
1583-85
Oil on canvas, 81 x 66 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

932*1200
True Color
155 Kb



Portrait of a Gentleman
1580-85
Oil on canvas, 66 x 55 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

618*800
True Color
63 Kb



The Disrobing of Christ
1583-84
Oil on canvas, 165 x 99 cm
Alte Pinakothek, Munich

604*1020
True Color
123 Kb



The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception and St John
c. 1585
Oil on canvas, 237 x 118 cm
Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo

473*969
True Color
105 Kb



The Holy Family
c. 1585
Oil on canvas, 106 x 87,5 cm
The Hispanic Society of America, New York

950*1142
True Color
173 Kb



St Francis Praying
1580s
Oil on canvas, 116 x 102 cm
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska

462*555
True Color
42 Kb



St Peter in Penitence
1580s
Oil on canvas, 109 x 90 cm
Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

1000*1205
True Color
139 Kb




Summary of paintings by El Greco
Crete: before 1567 | Venice: 1567-70 | Rome: 1570-75
Spain
1576-80 (page 1) (page 2) | 1581-85 | 1586-90 | 1591-95 | 1596-1600
Santo Domingo: 1577-79 | Count Orgaz: 1586-88 | Colegio: 1596-1600
Capilla San José: 1597-99 | Illescas: 1603-05 | Apostolado: 1610-14
c. 1600 | 1601-05 | 1606-10 | c. 1610 | after 1610
Oballe Chapel: 1608-13 | Hospital Tavera: 1608-14 | Drawings | Sculptures
Subjects
| Apostles | Saints | Christ | Portraits |