El Greco 1541 – 1614


oil on canvas (275 × 127 cm) — c. 1600 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

El Greco biography

This work is linked to Acts 2:2

The flames of the Holy Ghost descend on Mary and the twelve apostles. The bald apostle who looks at the spectator could be a self-portrait.

El Greco made this painting as part of an altarpiece for the church of the monastery Lady Mary of Aragon in Madrid. The altarpiece also included an Annunciation, Baptism, Crucifixion and Resurrection.

Tags: Pentecost

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