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El Greco,Portrait of a Cardinal detail (c. 1600)
Oil on canvas
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
His finely wrought features framed by a manicured, greying beard and crimson biretta, the sitter is perched like some magnificent bird of prey in a gold-fringed chair. The round-rimmed glasses confer on his gaze a frightening, hawkish intensity as he examines the viewer with an air of implacable, even cruel detachment.
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