'The Burial of Count Orgaz' (detail), 1586-1588. Artist: El Greco
'The Burial of Count Orgaz' (detail), 1586-1588. From the Church of San Tome, Toledo, Spain.
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The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen, c. 1590-1595. Creator: El Greco (Spanish, 1541-1614)
The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen, c. 1590-1595. The seemingly weightless figures, the startling colour combinations, and the moody, imprecise setting all show El Greco's interest in conveying the intense spirituality of these figures rather than their concrete reality. Above all, the painting addresses Mary's role as mediator between Christ and the viewer. She supports her son, but her faraway look indicates awareness of his fate. Mary feeds Jesus fruit held by Joseph that is full of symbolic meaning, with the apple representing the fall of man; cherries, the blood of Christ; peaches, salvation; and pears, the sweetness of Christ's virtue.
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'The Expulsion of the Moneylenders from the Temple', c1600, (1938). Artist: El Greco
'The Expulsion of the Moneylenders from the Temple', c1600, (1938). Detail from 'Christ driving the Traders from the Temple', painting in the National Gallery, London. Illustration from Spanish Painting, by E Harris. [John Gifford Limited, London, 1938]
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