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Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes

1599
This painting was made for the Chapel of Saint Joseph in Toledo, where it was originally placed on the right-hand side of the high altar. El Greco depicts the Virgin holding Christ, surrounded by angels and saints. At the bottom are Saint Martina and Saint Agnes, who are identifiable by their respective attributes: the lion for Martina and the lamb for Agnes. The figure thought to be Martina may alternatively be Saint Thecla (who shares the same symbols as Martina and in several legends appears alongside Saint Agnes). (Text: Emily Wilkinson & source)
Size:
193.5 x 103 cm
Medium:
Oil on canvas, with wooden strip added at bottom
License:
Courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington
For more:
http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-pag…
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