The Burial of the Count of Orgaz

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El Greco, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, 1586-88
By NAYOUNG KWON

As we learned about Spanish artists in renaissance period in class, I came across some comparisons between the art styles from Spain and Italy. I believe that Italian artists painting style is more soft and delicate, while Spanish art styles are more elaborate and bold. Especially on delicate details the Spanish artists seem to be better at it. El Greco's The Burial of the Count of Orgaz can be a great example of bold color schemes and elaborate style in Spanish paintings. Although the color choices that El Greco chose aren't bright or colorful, the combinations of gold, and yellow gray makes the painting seem alive, but also mourning.  

I love that El Greco uses toned-down colors because not only it creates emotion, but also it seems modern. Its interesting that everything on this painting seems to some what mirror each other for example, the position of God is symmetric to the position of the Pope and Count if someone drew a line. The composition of this painting seem crowded, but the way each individual is laid out is pleasing to the eyes. 

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