Artist:El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)
Date:1541-1614.The painting was done in 1609
Scale: 47 3/4 x 42 3/4 (approx. 4ft. x 4ft.)
El Greco was a "Spanish" Mannerist painter of the late Renaissance, whose work,
represents the Acme of Spanish art.
El Greco's View of Toledo, almost seems to anticipate the Impressionists of the
1800s.The rich tones of violet, azure, and emerald green do not translate well, here-but
they are remarkable for the era.Also, the stylized landscape departs dramatically from the
exciting requirements of realistic depiction's of nature, even in the romantic genre of the
pastoral.Perhaps this painting and its almost psychedelic hues takes a cue from
Michaelangelo's Chapel ceiling, which, when it was recently restored, used similar and
The view is the only independent landscape by the artist that survives.He has
imaginatively reconfigured the city, showing the cathedral not in its actual position in the
This is a painting of the View of Toledo (the city).This is an example of a
landscape painting (showing no figures in it).It was only about 4ft. x 4ft. and it was not
one of the larger paintings that were in the room.
I would have to say that its function was El Greco glorifying the place where he
lived (Toledo).He pretty much painted things just as he saw it.I also think that El Greco
was more of a religious painter.He observed (studied) the city of Toledo.
As for the expressive content, I used the Feldham critique-which is the highest
level of critique.In looking at this painting,; I saw clouds, buildings, trees, grass, water,
hills, bridges, and colors.The buildings were not as long as El Greco painted them.He
had poor vision and he could not see well, so therefore he had elongated them more then
they really were.This is also a very dark painting and there kind of