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

The Burial of the Count of Orgaz (detail)

Oil on canvas
Santo Tomé, Toledo

Two saints - Stephen identified by a scenic depiction of his stoning in Dalmatia - are bearing Count Orgaz to his grave, the artist's son acts as the young page. The signature of the artist appears on the handkerchief in the pocket of the young boy, and by a strange conceit it is followed by the date '1578' - the year of Jorge Manuel's birth, and certainly not the date of the painting. The boy points to the body of the deceased, thus bringing together birth and death.