Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Agony in the Garden
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Spanish, 1541-1614.
Oil on canvas, about 1590–95
Toledo Museum of Art
One of the highlights of the TMA collection, this painting exemplifies what we know of El Greco. I don't have dimensions but it is a sizeable work, easily commanding it's space in the gallery. The Mannerist style and rich color of an El Greco makes it difficult to walk past one his works without stopping. I would love to talk more about Mannerism (as it never gets much attention) but alas, I must get back to work. Note the elongation of the figures, the compression of the space and follow the Mannerist link :).
"His emotionally charged religious images confirm his status as one of the most intensely original artistic visionaries of any era." (TMA description).