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.
The painting is titled” View of Toledo” by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos).
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.
Visiting history museums is one of my favorite activities. There, one of the things that I appreciate the most is learning about the paintings they have in vases and other pottery utensils from Ancient Greece. Why? Because of its relative durability, pottery comprises a large part of the archaeological record of Ancient Greece, and since there is so much of it (some 100,000 vases are recorded in the Corpus vasorum antiquorum), it has exerted a disproportionately large influence on our understanding of Greek society.
Take a look to this wooooonderful work that I found in the website of The Metropolitan Museum
Attributed to the Class of Seven Lobster-Claws
Date: ca. 460 B.C.
Culture: Greek, Attic
Dimensions: Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 7/8 in. (7 x 7.3 cm)
Other: 6 1/4in. (15.9cm)
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1923
Accession Number: 23.160.57