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

A View of Toledo (detail)

1597-99
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

El Greco's view of the eastern section of Toledo shows landscape formations and buildings rising in exaggerated steepness and dominated by the Alcazar, the royal palace. The bell tower of the cathedral, which should actually lie to the far right, indeed outside the picture field, has been shifted to the left by El Greco.

The painting represents more than a record of the look of the place, possesses a mood that far transcends the merely atmospheric, and, like most universal landscapes, is very probably suffused with symbolic aspects.




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