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

The Opening of the Fifth Seal (detail)

1608-14
Oil on canvas,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The male figures reach upwards for white garments distributed by a flying cherub. The figure at right ultimately derives from the sculpture group Laocoön; a similar figure is found in El Greco's painting of the subject.




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