View of Toledo, El Greco, about 1600

View of Toledo, El Greco, about 1600
View of Toledo, El Greco, about 1600 - 1

  • Posted by El Greco
  • Museum: Metropolitan Museum
  • Year: Around 1600

Overview of the painting :

View of Toledo – El Greco. Around 1600. Oil on canvas. 121.3×108.6

   Born in Crete, studying and knowing the first glory in Italy, and settled in Spain, this painter did not belong entirely to any of the artistic traditions and schools. The action in his paintings always unfolds in a certain fantastic space, so the landscape in the artist’s painting is rare even in the form of a background. But Toledo, who became his family for El Greco (1541-1614), he painted more than once.

   On the Vid Toledo canvas, the Tahoe River, the Cathedral and the Alkazar Fortress guess, but this is not a real city. The image seems to be a vision, a dream, so it is charged with unprecedented energy. Drama unfolds on the canvas, the actors of which are the sky, where clouds illuminated by flashes fly and rise, and the earth with not only spots of light and shadows from clouds running through it, but also some “nervous cramps”. People in drama do not participate, and it is impossible to imagine them in this landscape: elements collide here, there is a battle in which there is no place for a person. He can only look at this lightning-shaven city on a high hill and pray.

   As a guest in Spain, El Greco almost felt better than many of the artists born here, a passionate and religious Spanish soul that lives and breathes on its canvases.