This painting is the Burial of Count Orgaz by El Greco (the Geek) his real name Domenikos Theotocopoulos.It hangs on the wall in the vestibule of the church of Santo Tome in Toledo, Spain and was painted in 1586. It is oil on canvas and was made to fit the very wall it hangs today.The painting does have a Round top making it a very odd fit for anywhere but the church for it to hang.
The artist used many dark shades Blue and blacks with yellow and red in the items of importance and detail.White was very common.There was only one other color sort of hid in the robe of St Augastine,Green. He put alot of details in the things that he wantedthe audience to pay attention to.The cross for example on the middle right, the keys to the gates of heaven held by saint peter on the top left and a nice touch with the priest with the skull on his rob on the bottom right.
This is thefirst completely personal work by the artist. There are no longer any references to Roman or Venetian formulas or motifs. He has succeeded in eliminating any description of space. There is no ground, no horizon, no sky and no perspective. Accordingly, there is no conflict, and a convincing expression of a supernatural space is achieved.
The painting has a couple of oddities with the boy pointing to the seal on the St. Stephen’s robe but his other hand is sort of contorted. The faces of the people seem to be stuck here and there and don;t seem to be natural flowing like a crowd should be in the mist of a vision .We get a glimpse of the artist above St Augustine;s Hat as he looks up at his own art. And the boy is his son turns out to be his son.
The painting is very clearly divided into two zones, the heavenly above and the terrestrial below, but there is little feeling of duality. The upper and lower zones are brought together compositionally (e.g., by the standing figures, by th