Toledo to Toledo : Notes on El Greco and Commerce

Oct. 1 is the birthday of an artist whose paintings, whether gorgeous or so-so, have traveled across nations with the drift of fortunes.

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The Agony in the Garden, 1590–5. Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey.
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El Greco, “Portrait of an Old Man,” 1599–1600. Possibly a self portrait. Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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El Greco, “View of Toledo,” ca. 1599–1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image in public domain.
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El Greco, “The Vision of Saint John,” ca. 1608–14. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image in public domain.
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El Greco, “Laocoön,” c. 1610/161. National Gallery of Art. Image in public domain.
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The Agony in the Garden, 1590–5. Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey.
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Edward Drummond Libbey (1854–1925) and his wife Florence Scott Libbey (1863–1938). Wikipedia copy of image in public domain.
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Copy of ad from Libbey Glass Company, Toledo. Library of Congress collection.
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The Agony in the Garden, 1590–5. Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey.

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