El Greco (1541 –1614): The Disrobing of Christ (El Espolio)

El Greco (1541 –1614): The Disrobing of Christ (El Espolio)

3/31/2021, 4:01:23 PM
El Greco (1541 –1614): The Disrobing of Christ (El Espolio) (close up), 1577–1579, oil on canvas, 285 × 173 cm (112 in × 68 in), Sacristy of the Cathedral, Toledo, Spain #Art #Artists #Painters #Paintings #Arthistory #pittore #pittura #pintor #pintura #peintre #peinture #Arte #artista #oilpainting #artgallery #masterpiece #masters #ElGreco #Espa ñol #Greek #Spanish #Renaissance #Mannerism #espolio #Toledo #DisrobingofChrist #ToledoCathedral #Spain The painting shows Christ looking up to Heaven with an expression of serenity; his idealized figure seems segregated from the other people and the violence surrounding him. A figure dressed in black in the background points at Christ accusingly, while two others argue over who will have his garments. A man in green to Christ's left holds him firmly with a rope and is about to rip off his robe in preparation for his crucifixion. At the lower right, a man in yellow bends over the cross and drills a hole to facilitate the insertion of a nail to be driven through Christ's feet. Christ is clad in a bright red robe; it is on this red tunic that El Greco concentrated the full expressive force of his art. The purple garment (a metonymic symbol of the divine passion) is spread out in a light fold; only the chromatic couple of yellow and blue in the foreground raises a separate note which approaches, in power, the glorifying hymn of the red. (Wikipedia.org)

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