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Trinity - El Greco. 300x179
The artist introduced Trinity in the composition “Lamentation of Christ”: surrounded by angels, God the Father receives the body of His Son, and a dove soars above - a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Here we see the influence of mannerism characteristic of the painter’s further work: a sharp lengthening of proportions and a foreshortening fracture of the human figure. Much attention is paid to color. El Greco took from the Venetian color system its Byzantine basis, he achieved an incredible luminosity of colors: juxtaposing bright yellow and cold blue, emerald green and fiery red tones. Using white, the color reflections of yellow on dark surfaces give the gamut extreme emotional tension.
The composition is based on the famous engraving by Albrecht Durer. The color and pattern of this work was influenced by Roman and Venetian masters, in particular, a bright pictorial palette is associated with the work of Tintoretto, and complex changes in the angles of the figure of Christ indicate close attention to the works of Michelangelo.
This early altar image was made for the attic of the main altarpiece in the church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo.