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 Info
The Annunciation
1600s
Oil on canvas, 128 x 83 cm
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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



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