Saint Martin and the Beggar
El Greco - circa 1577-1599
800 x 1489 • 189 KB
Generally considered one of El Greco’s most beautiful paintings, this famous canvas was a companion piece to “The Virgin with Saint Agnes and Saint Martina”(also in this collection) in the chapel of San José, Toledo. Saint Martin was a Roman soldier of the fourth century, who, on a winter’s day, cut off half his cloak and gave it to a beggar. He therefore became the personification of the Christian duty of alms-giving.
Owner/Location: National Gallery of Art - Washington DC  (United States - Washington)
Dates: circa 1577-1599
Artist age:Approximately 58 years old.
Dimensions: Height: 193 cm (75.98 in.), Width: 103 cm (40.55 in.)
Medium: Painting - oil on canvas
Entered by: Member laure9 on 14 October 2008.
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