El Greco, 1599 - Saint Martin and the Beggar - fine art print

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Commissioned for the Chapel of San José in Toledo by Martín Ramírez, a namesake of the saint and donor of the chapel, Saint Martin and the Beggar was part of one of the artist's most successful ensembles.

The saint, who lived during the reign of Constantine the Great, was a member of the imperial cavalry stationed near Amiens, in Gaul. Coming upon a shivering beggar near the city gates on a cold winter day, the young soldier divided his cloak with his sword and shared it with him. Tradition has it that Christ later appeared to Martin in a dream, saying, "What thou hast done for that poor man, thou hast done for me."

El Greco portrayed the fourth-century saint as a young nobleman, clad in elegant gold-damascened armor, astride a white Arabian horse. Seen from a low vantage point, the figures seem monumental, looming over the landscape with its distant view of Toledo and the river Tagus. The saint's relatively naturalistic proportions contrast with the attenuated form of the nearly nude beggar. The obvious distortion of the beggar's form suggests that he is not of this world and hints at the later revelation of his true identity in Martin's dream.

[Source: NGA]

Note by the contributor Emily Wilkinson: In this painting, El Greco depicts Saint Martin of Tours. Martin was known best for one particular hagiographical account, according to which he divided his cloak to share with a beggar who only had rags.

Artpiece details

Artpiece title: "Saint Martin and the Beggar"
Categorization of the artwork: painting
General category: classic art
Time: 16th century
Year of creation: 1599
Artwork age: more than 420 years
Medium of original artwork: oil on canvas with wooden strip added at bottom
Original size (artwork): 193,5 x 103 cm
Museum / location: National Gallery of Art
Museum location: Washington D.C., United States of America
Website: www.nga.gov
License of artwork: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

Artist information

Artist name: El Greco
Also known as: Theotocópuli Domingo, D. Theotokopuli gennant El Greco, Grego, Theotokópoulos Domenicos, dom. theotocopuli greco, Theotocopuly Domenico, Del Greco, Greco, Griego, גרקו, Greco El ], Domenico Theotocopuli, Teotopuli Domjnjeo, domenico theotocopuli el greco, Theotocópuli Dominico Griego, Theotocopoulis Domenicos, El Greco, Domenico Greco, Theotokopoulos Domeniko, Dom. Theotocopuli gen. Il Greco, Domenico Theotocopouli, Theotocópuli Doménico, Dominico Theotocopoli gen. El Greco, Domingo Greco, Griego El, Teoscopoli Domenico, Del Gieco, Theotokopoulos Menegos, Greco Dominikos, Tehocopopuli Domenico, Greco Dominico, Theotokopolous Domenikos, Domenico Theotokopoulos, Theotokopuli Domenico, Theotocópuli Domingo de, Theotocópuli Doménicos, Theotocópuli Doménikos, D. Theotokopuli genannt El Greco, El. Griego, Greco El, Domenico Theotocopuli gen. Il Greco, Theotokópoulos Doménikos, Zeotokópoulos Doménikos, Theotocopopulos Domenico, Theotocópuli Dominico, Theotorotoli Domenico, Greca, Greco Menegos, Theotocopuli Dominico called El Greco, Theocópuli Domenico, Theotokopoli Domenico, Theotocopoulos Domenikos, Theotokopolis Domenico, Domenico Theotocopuli gen. II Greco, Greco Il, dom. th. el greco, Theotoskopoli Domenico, Dominico Theotocopuli called El Greco, Theotocopoulos Doménico, El Dominico, Theotocopulo Domenico, Greco Domenicos Theotocopuli, Teotopopuli Domenico, Grego scolare di Titiano, Ο Γκρεκο, Theoscopoli Domenico, Theocopoli Domenico, Theotocopolo Domenico, il Greco, Greco Domenico, Domenico Theotokopuli El Greco, Theopoli Domenico, D. Theotokopuli gen. El Greco, Greco Domenico Theotokopuli El, domenico theotocopuli gen. il greco, Teotocópuli Dominico Greco, El Greco - Domenico Theotocopuli, Il Greco eigentlich Domenico Theotocopuli, Thoepotuli Dom, Theotocópoulos Doménicos, Dominico Greco, Grec Le, El Griego
Artist gender: male
Nationality of artist: Greek, Hellenic
Professions: artist, architect, painter, sculptor
Country of origin: Greece
Classification of the artist: old master
Styles of the artist: Mannerism
Life span: 73 years
Born in the year: 1541
Birthplace: Kriti region, Greece, region, administrative division
Year died: 1614
Died in (place): Toledo, Toledo province, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

About the item

Article type: fine art print
Reproduction: digital reproduction
Manufacturing process: UV direct print
Provenance: Germany
Type of stock: on demand
Intended product use: wall art, home design
Artwork alignment: portrait format
Image ratio: 9 : 16 - (length : width)
Implication: the length is 45% shorter than the width
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Picture frame: not available

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General art product details

Saint Martin and the Beggar is an artpiece created by El Greco. The version of the artpiece had the following size 193,5 x 103 cm and was crafted with oil on canvas with wooden strip added at bottom. The work of art is part of the collection of National Gallery of Art, which is the museum of the US-American nation that preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. The classic art public domain work of art is being supplied with courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington.Creditline of the artwork: . In addition to this, the alignment is in portrait format and has a side ratio of 9 : 16, which means that the length is 45% shorter than the width. The architect, artist, painter, sculptor El Greco was a European artist from Greece, whose artistic style can be classified as Mannerism. The Mannerist artist was born in the year 1541 in Kriti region, Greece, region, administrative division and passed away at the age of 73 in 1614.

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