Olga's Gallery

El Greco

The Burial of Count Orgaz.

c.1586. Oil on canvas. Church of San Tomé, Toledo, Spain. Read Note.

El Greco. The Burial of Count Orgaz.

Count Orgaz was respected greatly for piety in his native Toledo; according to local legend, St. Augustine (on the right with miter and bishop’s cloak) and St. Stephen (the young deacon on the left) came from heaven themselves to lay the saintly count in his grave. The faces of the dignified Spanish gentlemen are clearly portraits of the people, who surrounded El Greco. A label with ‘El Greco made me’ sticks out of the pocket of the small boy in front. Some historians think that it is an indication that the child is El Greco’s son.