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.

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El Greco

El Greco