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El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Spanish (born Crete, active Italy and Spain), 1541 - 1614

Made in Europe

Early 1570s

Oil on panel

11 3/8 × 7 7/8 inches (28.9 × 20 cm) Framed: 14 5/8 inches × 11 inches × 2 inches (37.1 × 27.9 × 5.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 353, European Art 1500-1850, third floor

Accession Number:
Cat. 807

Credit Line:
John G. Johnson Collection, 1917

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El Greco was born in the Venetian territory of Crete and trained in Venice before moving to Rome. There he encountered the work of Michelangelo, whose influence is visible in the composition of this Lamentation. After leaving Rome, El Greco lived and worked in Spain, where he painted most of his masterpieces.

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