Posted on 10/14/2009

Photo taken on October 13, 2009

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El Greco,The marriage of the Virgin(1613-14)

El Greco,The marriage of the Virgin(1613-14)

Oil on canvas, 110 x 83 cm
NationalMuseum of Art of Romania,Bucharest

The painting perhaps formed part of the decoration of the Hospital de la Caridad, dedicated to the Virgin. There is no mention of the painting in the original contract, but in any case, the nervous handling and almost complete dissolution of the forms belong to his very last years. The head third from the right is almost certainly a portrait of the aged painter, and is the same as that of the Apostle in a similar position in the Pentecost, possibly completed at the same time.

This is an unfinished work.

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