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The Holy Family
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greek
Not on view
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.