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As a student of art history going to a museum is the only way to fully experience a work of art By looking at a painting or a sculpture in a book or on a slide one cannot fully experience the work of art By visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on Saturday March 29th I was able to look at paintings that dated from centuries old to recent times One particular painting that was appealing to me was in room number twenty-nine The painting an oil on canvas which measures 47 X 42 inches is entitled View of Toledo by an artist named El Greco Domenikos Theotokopoulos It was painted in 1597-9 The painting itself appears to be in excellent condition There did not appear to be any discolorations surface cracks or chipped paint View of Toledo depicts the only independent landscape by the artist that survives He has imaginatively reconfigured the city showing the cathedral not in its actual position but to the left of the Alczar palace However since that was not Toledos natural skyline I cannot help to wonder why the city is placed so far to the right and off center of the canvas The Gothic-like cathedral and palace rest high atop a hill surrounded by a gorge and a river This was El Grecos expression of his beloved city Toledo which he had made his home for nearly forty years I felt very drawn to El Grecos View of Toledo because it is a very dramatic painting To some it may simply look like a landscape but El Grecos very painterly 2 technique using very loose brush strokes and his use of color sets the tone for mystery invigoration and disaster While others during his time favored the use of warm tones El Greco used a cold palette of color for this piece consisting of such rich tones
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