The Disrobing of Christ Painting at Toledo Cathedral, Toledo

The Disrobing of Christ Painting at Toledo Cathedral, Toledo

The painting "The Disrobing of Christ" by Domenikos Theotocópoulos (El Greco) took two years to create. It was done on commission for the high altar of the sacristy of the Cathedral of Toledo. It was finished in 1579, but it was received not without controversy. The painting was valued at 950 ducats. El Greco was paid only 350.

The commissioners were displeased at some of the figures and colors in the painting. El Greco agreed to remove some of the figures but failed to do so. While the church fathers were not completely satisfied with the work, critics have acclaimed the painting as a "masterpiece of extraordinary originality."

The canvas is alive with color and movement. Christ, in the center of the vertically oriented scene, wears the purplish red robes of martyrdom. His expression is elevated and serene. His tormentors, all clad in dark colors or armor, press around him. They appear agitated. They point and gesticulate. The three Marys look on in anguish.

More than 17 versions of the painting are known to exist. The Disrobing immediately became hugely successful. Replica versions, including at least two by the Master, can be found in museums such as the National Gallery in Oslo, the Alte Pinakothek in Munich, and Upton House in Warwickshire, England.

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Sight Location: Toledo, Spain (See walking tours in Toledo)
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