One of my favourite museums is The Met and one of my favourite paintings is also there. I was just impressed and happy to see that a new video cured by the art historian and curator George Goldner depicted and explained that painting.
In this painting, El Greco, “portrays the city he lived and worked in for most of his life. The painting belongs to the tradition of emblematic city views, rather than a faithful documentary description. The view of the eastern section of Toledo from the north would have excluded the cathedral, which the artist therefore imaginatively moved to the left of the Alcázar (the royal palace). Other buildings represented in the painting include the ancient Alcántara Bridge, and on the other side of the river Tagus, the Castle of San Servando.”
I invite you to watch the video interview behind this painting and Goldner’s commentary. I am sure you will love it.