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Born in Catania, Sicily, Greco was apprenticed to a stone mason and sculptor of funerary monuments at an early age. Between and he taught sculpture in Rome, Carrara and Naples, and during the s his own work began to receive serious recognition. Strongly influenced by Etruscan, Greek and Roman art, Greco is best known for his powerful portrait busts and sensual nudes that are classicised yet volumetric, often characterised by perfectly rounded heads. Having been awarded prizes at both the Rome Quadriennale and Venice Biennale , Greco began to work on a set of monumental bronze doors for Orvieto Cathedral in He was initially unenthusiastic about the commission as the proposed themes left him uninspired, but his attitude altered dramatically once the subject matter was changed. It is an eternal theme, perpetually occurring, not only an historical one; a human theme, not only one connected with the Church. However, they also exhibit more modern tendencies, as in the two lateral doors depicting angels in flight set against a geometric-abstract background.
Please see image for greater detail. Firenze, Italy. Circa This is after the restoration by Emilio de Fabris. The other depicts the primary corridor of the Galleria Uffizi. These images are rare. Measures 12" x 10" inches matted 10" x 8"" unmatted. Matting has minor bend.
Before , El Greco's painting had been referred to as Profane Love. Cossio had doubts about the title and suggested the Opening of the Fifth Seal. The very subject is taken from the Book of Revelation —11 , where the souls of persecuted martyrs cry out to God for justice upon their persecutors on Earth. The ecstatic figure of St. John dominates the canvas , while behind him naked souls writhe in a chaotic storm of emotion as they receive white robes of salvation. The upper portion of the canvas appears to have been considerably cut down it was destroyed in This lost upper portion may have resembled that of another altarpiece, the Concert of Angels , painted by El Greco for the same church, and also cut off. Many believed that the bottom section, which has been preserved, depicted profane love, while the missing upper part depicted divine love.