Via crucis (1587-97) by El Greco

Via crucis - El Greco - 1587-97

Artwork Information

TitleVia crucis
ArtistEl Greco
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions105 x 67 cm

About Via crucis

Via Crucis is a half-length figure of Christ painted in traditional Byzantine icon painting style. The painting depicts Christ looking directly at the viewer with his right hand raised in blessing. The artwork is regarded as a forerunner of both Cubism and Expressionism and is a part of a multipart altarpiece commissioned for the convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo. El Greco, a master of post-Byzantine art, lived in Toledo for most of his life which is also the view depicted in the background of the painting.

El Greco was dedicated to God which is reflected in his work and life. The Disrobing of Christ (El Expolio) is another notable painting by him. This painting reflects his deep faith and his interest in religious themes. El Greco’s art has distinct, elongated figures with bold color palettes that set him apart from other artists of his time. He employed unique lighting techniques and a mastery of perspective to create depth in his work.

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