El Greco / The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen / c. 1590-1595El Greco
The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen
c. 1590-1595

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Creator Name: El Greco
Creator Nationality: Spanish
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1541 - 1614
Gender: M
Creator Birth Place: Greece
Creator Name-CRT: El Greco
Title: The Holy Family with Mary Magdalen
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1590
Creation End Date: 1595
Creation Date: c. 1590-1595
Object Type: Paintings
Classification Term: Painting
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Framed: 160cm x 131cm x 7.5cm, Unframed: 130cm x 100cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1926.247
Credit Line: Gift of the Friends of The Cleveland Museum of Art in memory of J. H. Wade
Rights: http://www.clevelandart.org/museum/disclaim2.html
Provenance: Convent of Esquivias, near Toledo; Juan Gutiérrez, Torrejón de Velasco (1899); Stanislas O'Rossen, Paris (1908); Marczell von Nemes, Budapest (Paris sale 1913); Gentile di Giuseppe, Paris (1917); (Knoedler, 1926)
Context: This is the first of at least seven versions of this subject painted by El Greco. Here the Christ child is playful and squirms in his mother's lap as she hands him a piece of fruit from the bowl held by Saint Joseph, at the left. At the right is Mary Magdalen who embraces the Virgin and places her own face close to that of the Madonna. The pensive, tormented face of the repentant Magdalen serves to emphasize the radiant serenity of the Virgin--the mother of Christ.Georges de La Tour (French, 1593-1652)
AMICA ID: CMA_.1926.247
AMICA Library Year: 1999
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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