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Fray Hortensio Félix Paravicino

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El Greco was born on Crete and trained in Italy before emigrating in his thirties to Spain. Best known for his intense and spiritual religious paintings, El Greco was also a perceptive and powerful portraitist. Paravicino, a close friend of the artist, was an important theologian, orator, and...

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Center right: domenikos theotokopoulos / e'poiei (in Greek characters)


By 1724, Duque de Arcos, Madrid [see note 1]. By 1786, Convent of San Hermenegildo, Madrid (?) [see note 2]. Until 1904, Javier de Muguiro, Madrid; 1904, sold by Muguiro to the MFA for $17,166. (Accession Date: May 1, 1904) NOTES: [1] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file, Antonio Palomino recorded the painting there in 1724; see his "El Parnaso Español" vol. 3 (1724), p. 287. [2] According to notes in the MFA curatorial file, this painting was listed in the inventory of the convent in 1786.

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Isaac Sweetser Fund



Overall: 112.1 x 86.1cm (44 1/8 x 33 7/8in.) Framed: 152.4 x 125.1 cm (60 x 49 1/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas