Paintings (including the Laoko÷n) around 1610
by EL GRECO

The Laoko÷n, with a view of Toledo in the background, is one of the artist's most unusual pictures, his secular masterpiece. It is a work of great compositional dynamism and pictorial virtuosity. It might be viewed as a summing-up of El Greco's lengthy journey across the Mediterranean region. There is a namely legend according to which Toledo was founded by two strangers from the eastern Mediterranean, the Trojans Telemon and Brutus. This legend must certainly have held a great appeal for El Greco. The view of Toledo appears also in other works of this period, such as the View and Plan of Toledo and the Christ in Agony on the Cross.

Suggested listening (streaming mp3, 33 minutes):
Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D major, BWV 243


Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
The Annunciation
1600s
Oil on canvas, 128 x 83 cm
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio

587*907
True Color
124 Kb



Christ in Agony on the Cross
1600s
Oil on canvas, 104 x 62 cm
Art Museum, Cincinnati

524*900
True Color
108 Kb



View and Plan of Toledo
c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 132 x 228 cm
Museo de El Greco, Toledo

1220*700
True Color
166 Kb



View and Plan of Toledo (detail)
c. 1610
Oil on canvas
Museo de El Greco, Toledo

1017*905
True Color
149 Kb



View and Plan of Toledo (detail)
c. 1610
Oil on canvas
Museo de El Greco, Toledo

850*1041
True Color
158 Kb



Apostle St Andrew
c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 70 x 53,5 cm
SzÚpművÚszeti M˙zeum, Budapest

758*1004
True Color
148 Kb



The Adoration of the Shepherds
c. 1610
Oil on canvas, 144,5 x 101,3 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

980*1446
True Color
186 Kb



Laoco÷n
1610
Oil on canvas, 142 x 193 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

889*700
True Color
122 Kb



Laoco÷n (detail)
1610
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

900*1224
True Color
186 Kb



Laoco÷n (detail)
1610
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

1104*950
True Color
147 Kb



Laoco÷n (detail)
1610
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

900*1223
True Color
179 Kb



Laoco÷n (detail)
1610
Oil on canvas
National Gallery of Art, Washington

650*1555
True Color
123 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 JosÚ: 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 |