How to Read Paintings: View of Toledo by El Greco

View of Toledo (c.1600) by El Greco. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US. Image source Wikimedia Commons

When the artist El Greco captured this view of the Spanish city of Toledo, he painted one of the earliest landscape works in modern Western art.

And it is a remarkable landscape painting too. Through its wild sky and pulsating hills, the image seems to allude to an altered state, something like a…

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