View of Toledo

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 619

This painting is an emblematic, rather than a topographical, cityscape, conveying key features and the spirit of the place rather than precise details. The Alcázar (royal palace) and the cathedral identify Toledo as "The Imperial City" and "The Holy City," while the Roman bridge, the castle, and the monastery evoke its glorious past. The stormy sky may refer to a passage in Pliny’s Natural History (ca. A.D. 77) that praises another Greek painter, Apelles, for his ability to paint things impossible to depict, such as thunder and lightning.

This work was almost certainly owned by Pedro Lasso de la Vega, who also owned the Museum’s portrait of his uncle, Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (on view in this gallery).

#5152. View of Toledo



  1. 5152. View of Toledo
  2. 125. The Director's Tour, Second Floor: View of Toledo, Part 1
  3. 5874. The Director's Tour, Second Floor: View of Toledo, Part 2
View of Toledo, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1541–1614 Toledo), Oil on canvas

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