St. John the Evangelist and St. Francis of Assisi, El Greco
- Posted by El Greco
- Museum: Prado Museum
- Year: Around 1600
Overview of the painting :
St. John the Evangelist and St. Francis of Assisi – El Greco. Around 1600. Oil on canvas. 110×86
The painting of El Greco refers to manierism, then to baroque, in fact, it does not belong to any of the currents. The originality of the manner of this artist is also expressed in the picture presented.
El Greco depicted St. John the Evangelist talking to St. Francis on it. At the feet of John is placed his symbol – the eagle, and in the hands of the apostle holds the cup from which the dragon crawls out. The master recalls here the story of how the disciple of Christ, preaching His word, was captured and sent to Rome, where he was given a cup of poison. Having drunk it, John remained unharmed. In the picture, the bowl in the hand symbolizes the church, and the dragon, which over time replaced the snake in this iconography, is an evil conquered by faith. An example of such faith is St. Francis.
Typical paintings by El Greco pulled figures of characters resemble flames over candles. The earth, stretching at the feet of the saints, emphasizes the scale of their images, and the background is heavenly blue with dense clouds, according to which John and Francis could ascend to heaven.