Christ blessing (The Saviour of the World)
Oil on canvas
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
The painting is a depiction of Christ holding one hand on a blue globe and pointed heavenward with the other. A light shining from behind and within him acts as a halo against the black background. Painted in El Greco’s signature fluid style the work possesses a profound aesthetic and psychological force given by the intense look in Christ’s eyes staring deep into the observer.
Born: 1 October 1541, Crete, Greece
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 1577where lived and worked until his death