Antonio de Covarrubias (1594; Spain) by El Greco

Antonio de Covarrubias - El Greco - 1594; Spain

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TitleAntonio de Covarrubias
ArtistEl Greco
Date1594; Spain
Dimensions67.5 x 57.5 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationLouvre, Paris, France

About Antonio de Covarrubias

The artwork “Antonio de Covarrubias” by El Greco is an oil on canvas portrait completed in 1594, during the Mannerism (Late Renaissance) art movement. With dimensions of 67.5 x 57.5 cm, the painting can be found at the Louvre in Paris, France.

In this portrait, the subject, Antonio de Covarrubias, appears in what looks like a three-quarter pose against a dark, indeterminate background that provides a strong contrast to the figure. The subject has a thoughtful, slightly sorrowful expression with a gaze that appears to be directed towards the viewer. Covarrubias’ face is rendered with a focus on realism, with detailed brushwork highlighting the textures of his skin, his graying beard, and his deep-set eyes. His clothing suggests a clerical or scholarly status, characterized by a dark robe and a white collar peeking out at the neckline. The mannerist style is indicated by the emotional intensity of the subject’s expression and the subtle distortions in proportions that give the work a sense of movement and drama. The use of chiaroscuro—the contrast of light and shadow—gives three-dimensionality and weight to the figure, enhancing the psychological depth of the portrait.

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