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El Greco «View and Plan of Toledo»
El Greco, «View and Plan of Toledo»
Painting, 1610-1614


Categories: Painting

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icon: authorChristine Buci-Glucksmann «From the carthopraphic View to the Virtual»


 El Greco
«View and Plan of Toledo»

El Greco deals in some paintings with Toledo, where he lived and produced the largest body of work. «View and Plan of Toledo» (1610–14; Greco House and Museum, Toledo) is a visionary view of a city where buildings are painted white, displaced according to the composition—like the Hospital of San Juan Bautista placed on a cloud in the foreground—and with a map in the central part of the picture showing the streets of Toledo. This is one of the earliest examples of an artistic reference to the image of a map with regard to a specific location.


Rudolf Frieling