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Burial of el greco




Burial of Count Orgaz by El Greco

This painting is the Burial of Count Orgaz by El Greco (the Geek) his real name Domenikos
Theotocopoulos. It hangs on the wall in the vestibule of the church of Santo Tome in
Toledo, Spain and was painted in 1586. It is oil on canvas and was made to fit the very
wall it hangs today. The painting does have a Round top making it a very odd fit for
anywhere but the church for it to hang.


The artist used many dark shades Blue and blacks with yellow and red in the items of
importance and detail. White was very common. There was only one other color sort of hid
in the robe of St Augastine,Green. He put alot of details in the things that he wanted
the audience to pay attention to. The cross for example on the middle right, the keys to
the gates of heaven held by saint peter on the top left and a nice touch with the priest
with the skull on his rob on the bottom right.


This is the first completely personal work by the artist. There are no longer any
references to Roman or Venetian formulas or motifs. He has succeeded in eliminating
any description of space. There is no ground, no horizon, no sky and no perspective.
Accordingly, there is no conflict, and a convincing expression of a supernatural space is
achieved.


The painting has a couple of oddities with the boy pointing to the seal on the St.
Stephen's robe but his other hand is sort of contorted. The faces of the people seem to be
stuck here and there and don’t seem to be natural flowing like a crowd should be in the
mist of a vision .We get a glimpse of the artist above St Augustine’s Hat as he looks up
at his own art. And the boy is his son turns out to be his son.


The painting is very clearly divided into two zones, the heavenly above and the
terrestrial below, but there is little feeling of duality. The upper and lower zones are
brought together compositionally (e.g., by the standing figures, by their varied
participation in the earthly and heavenly event, by the torches, cross, etc. The grand
circular mandorla-like pattern of the two Saints descended from Heaven echoes the pattern
formed by the Virgin and Saint John the Baptist, and the action is given explicit
expression. The point of equilibrium is the outstretched hand poised in the void between
the two Saints, whence the mortal body descends, and the Soul, in the medieval form of a
transparent and naked child, is taken up by the angel to be received in Heaven. The
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