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Title View Of Toledo Artist El Greco Domenikos Theotokopoulos Date 1541-1614 The painting was done in 1609 Scale 47 34 x 42 34 approx 4ft x 4ft Medium Oil on canvas El Greco was a Spanish Mannerist painter of the late Renaissance whose work represents the Acme of Spanish art El Grecos 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 depictions of nature even in the romantic genre of the pastoral Perhaps this painting and its almost psychedelic hues takes a cue from Michaelangelos Chapel ceiling which when it was recently restored used similar and surprisingly vibrant colors 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 city 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
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