St. Martin and the Beggar

Saint Martin and the Beggar
Artist El Greco
Year 1597-1599
Medium Oil on canvas
Location National Gallery of Art, Washington
Dimensions 42 5/16 x 22 7/8 in
107.5 x 58 cm
Famous Paintings by El Greco
The Disrobing of Christ, 1577–1579
Opening of the Fifth Seal, 1608-1614
Dormition of the Virgin, 1565-1566
The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, 1586
View of Toledo, 1596-1600
The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1612–14
Christ Healing the Blind, c. 1570
The Entombment of Christ, c.1570
St. Martin and the Beggar, 1597-1599
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St. Martin and the Beggar is a painting by the Greek-born, Spanish artist El Greco. It is part of the Widener Collection and is currently held in the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The painting is done in oil on canvas and measures 42 5/16 by 22 7/8 inches. The exact date of the painting is not known, but it was made around 1598. The artist did the painting for St. Joseph’s Chapel in Toledo, Spain.

Style and Composition

The painting of the Late Renaissance style. The painting depicts St. Martin dressed in armor and mounted on a white horse. The horse is in a semi-prancing stance with its right front leg raised.

St. Martin has removed his cloak and is about to cut it with his sword and present it to a naked beggar, who has a bandage just above the ankle on the right leg. In the lower right corner, the background shows an impression of the part of the city of Toledo.

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