“VIEW OF TOLEDO”

Greco Vista de Toledo

This is the name of one of a series of paintings that El Greco painted with the same title and theme at the beginning of the 17th century.

It is an oil painting on canvas which is usually displayed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum with the title of “View of Toledo” and also “Toledo in a storm”.  It is a Mannerist, almost baroque style painting.  The artist took certain license in regard to the distribution of the buildings, which differs somewhat from the reality.  It is a view from the lower part of the city and in it we can see the Alcázar fortress, the Cathedral, the Alcántara Bridge and the Tagus River.  The constructions are illuminated by a kind of phantasmagorical light which gives them a strange and unreal appearance.

The work of art, on loan from the Metropolitan, has returned home at this time for the great “El Griego de Toledo” exhibition and it can be viewed at the Santa Cruz Museum. You can also see this painting, a replica of course, in the Mezquita dining room of the Hacienda del Cardenal.  Thus, you can continue to experience the perfect atmosphere while relaxing and enjoying an excellent meal.  You have to replenish your energy in order to continue to visit the exhibition which is a unique opportunity to see El Greco’s work in his “adopted” city: Toledo.

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