The Holy Trinity (1577) by El Greco

The Holy Trinity - El Greco - 1577

Artwork Information

TitleThe Holy Trinity
ArtistEl Greco
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions300 x 179 cm
Art MovementMannerism (Late Renaissance)
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid
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About The Holy Trinity

The artwork titled The Holy Trinity was painted by Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, between 1577 and 1579. Commissioned by Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo, Spain, it is part of the Retablo mayor de Santo Domingo el Antiguo series. The painting depicts God, symbolized as a benevolent figure, holding a dying Christ, while the Holy Spirit is represented by a dove. The Ascension is depicted with dramatic and expressionistic brushstrokes.

El Greco’s distinct style is evident in this piece, which is influenced by Dürer and Michelangelo. There are six grieving angels and cherub faces in the painting, which also features the Christian Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The artwork demonstrates El Greco’s ability to convey deep emotion through exaggerated figures and vibrant colors.

Today, The Holy Trinity is part of the Prado Museum’s collection in Madrid. As an iconic piece of art, it continues to be appreciated for its powerful portrayal of Christian beliefs and the Afterlife. Its significance in art history lies in its ability to combine religious symbolism with the emotional intensity of the Renaissance period, and it remains a testament to El Greco’s skill as a painter.

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