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Agony in the Garden (El Greco Improvisation)

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Year created: 2003
The original artwork is oil painting on canvas, size 48x35.8 in (122x91 cm), and is available for sale. Buy original on Saatchi Art

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History of the The Agony in the Garden by El Greco

El Greco - The Agony in the Garden

El Greco
"Agony in the Garden", 1590
National Gallery, London

There are many versions of The Agony in the Garden painted by El Greco and his workshop, it was one of his most successful inventions. He painted the subject both as a horizontal and as a vertical composition. The version in the Ohio museum is probably the prototype, or at least the best autograph version of the horizontal type.

The Agony in the Garden testifies to an astonishing development of the artist. The Italian influences recede to the same degree as El Greco frees himself from his obligation to nature. The figures lose their sense of substance, while their expressiveness is amplified by the unreal shapes assumed by the landscape. Thus Christ is literally heightened by the rock behind him, while the disciples are seen in a sheltering cave as a symbol of sleep.

The figures are absolved from logical relationships of scale. The falling diagonal which leads from an angel, through Christ, to the soldiers on the right-hand edge of the painting is a visual statement of the inevitability of Christ's fate. Such departures from the natural model, also evident in the visionary apparition of the moon, were one of the major reasons for the revival of interest in El Greco's work around 1900. Via

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22.8x48 in (58x122 cm), archival pigment print on canvas, signed by author, limited edition of 100