Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes by El Greco

Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes by El Greco

Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes
1597-99
Mannerism
Oil on canvas
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., USA

A depiction of Mary and the infant Christ seated on clouds in heaven, Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes is a large-scale painting dominated by the figures that intertwine in a interdependent and complex manner. Original placed opposite El Greco’s painting, Saint Martin and the Beggar, in the Chapel of St Joseph in Toledo, Spain it represents a body of El Greco’s work from his mature period between 1597 and 1607..

El Greco

El Greco
Mannerism
Born: 1 October 1541, Crete, Greece
Nationality: Greek-Spanish
Died: 7 April 1614, Toledo, Spain

El Greco was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. El Greco was a nickname giving reference to his Greek origins, but he normally signed his paintings in his birth name, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, in Greek (Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος). Born in Candia, now known as Crete, which as part of the Republic of Venice, Italy, and the centre of Post-Byzantine art, El Greco trained became a master of that tradition before travelling to Venice at aged 26. He moved to Rome in 1570, where he opened a workshop ad produced a series of work whilst enriching his style and techniques with elements of Mannerism and Venetian Renaissance. He moved to Toledo, Spain in 1577 where lived and worked until his death

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