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

St Luke

Oil on canvas, 98 x 72 cm
Cathedral, Toledo

The series of apostles (apostolados) enabled a direct emotional appeal to Catholic believers. El Greco portrayed the apostles with a powerfully expressive body language. This St Luke is from a cycle for the Toledo Cathedral.

El Greco included St Luke in several of his apostolados, although Luke was not actually one of the twelve apostles. Here the artist provided the Western version of a subject he depicted in quite different terms during his period as an icon painter.