About this artwork

The half length figure of Christ looking directly out at us with his right hand raised in blessing is a traditional form of composition. Although a late work, this canvas recalls the Byzantine icon painting of El Greco's youth. The artist includes a crystal-like sphere or globe representing the world; more usually such pictures include a book of scripture. His fluid brushwork and extensive use of white admirably convey the idea of divine light. The painting may have formed part of a series, popular in Spain, depicting Christ and the twelve Apostles.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Christ Blessing ('The Saviour of the World')
  • date created:
    About 1600
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    73.00 x 56.50 cm (framed: 99.20 x 81.20 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1952
  • accession number:
    NG 2160
  • gallery:
  • depicted:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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El Greco

El Greco