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The Disrobing of Christ

GRECO, Domenico Theotokopuli; El (1541 - 1614)

[image: The Disrobing of Christ]

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 130.0 x 163.0 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 5

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

This painting shows the dramatic moment when soldiers strip Christ of his clothes ready for the Crucifixion. Unusually, the incident is depicted at night, lit by a torch, with divine illumination descending from Heaven to Christ's head through a triangular gap in the clouds. The artist’s real name was Domenikos Theotokopoulus.  Born in Crete, he later moved to Spain, where he was called El Greco - the Greek.  The brushwork and elongated figures here are typical of the Mannerist style, where figures are distorted for dramatic effect.  Many variations of this composition exist. The primary version of The Disrobing of Christ is a full-length painting in Toledo Cathedral, dated 1577-79.  

3 comments

Amgueddfa Cymru on 27 February 2013, 14:27 (Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales Staff)

Dear Keri, thank you for your comment. Please see our Print on Demand webpages for purchasing a poster of The Disrobing of Christ.
Many thanks,
Graham Davies, Online Curator

Keri Jones on 27 February 2013, 13:00

Cant wait until its back on show, Visited specially on Saturday, but not on show.
Is this available as a poster please?

Istvan Barkoczi on 15 February 2010, 10:31

Is the photo turned around by coincidence, or is it a mirror image composition of the original?

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