(b. 1541, Candia, d. 1614, Toledo)

Christ in Agony on the Cross

Oil on canvas, 104 x 62 cm
Art Museum, Cincinnati

The Christ in Agony on the Cross, with a view of Toledo. Another - and finer - version is in the Museum of Art, Cleveland, but with part of the landscape cut away. Christ on the Cross is left alone 'and there was a darkness over all the earth . . . and the sun was darkened, and the veil of the Temple was rent in the midst' (St Luke, XXIII, 44-45), and he commends his spirit to His Lord. El Greco was in sympathy with the apocalyptical atmosphere of the theme. From the time of the San José paintings, El Greco often chose to include a view of Toledo in his paintings. It is in no way a naturalistic view, but is transformed as all else in his painting.