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The Holy Family

El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek

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All the artist’s known pictures of the Virgin and Child date from his Spanish years and include Saint Joseph, whose cult flourished during the Counter-Reformation. Male saints painted by El Greco are often strongly individualized, but not his female saints and especially not the Virgin, who here is granted the beauty and grace of a Mannerist Madonna. One of the painter’s loyal patrons, Pedro Lasso de la Vega, owned a Nuestra Señora de la leche by El Greco, which could well have been this work.

The Holy Family, El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (Greek, Iráklion (Candia) 1541–1614 Toledo), Oil on canvas

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