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The Feast in the House of Simon

Painting depicting Christ anointed by a woman in yellow, seated centrally at a crowded table of guests with long thin grayish faces in colorful robes with strong white highlights. In the background, tall grey archways, a steepled building, and city architecture.
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  • Painting depicting Christ anointed by a woman in yellow, seated centrally at a crowded table of guests with long thin grayish faces in colorful robes with strong white highlights. In the background, tall grey archways, a steepled building, and city architecture.

Date:

about 1608–14

Artist:

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) and workshop
Greek, active in Spain, 1541–1614

About this artwork

Although this painting features the bold highlights, elongated figures, and vibrant colors characteristic of El Greco’s late career, the artist enlisted his workshop to execute some parts of the scene according to his original design. The heads of the figures reflect the work of different artists, probably including the artist’s son, Jorge Manuel, a leader of the workshop in its later years. The fantastical architectural background is unlike any other by El Greco and may have been conceived by an assistant.

Status

On View, Gallery 206

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) and workshop

Title

The Feast in the House of Simon

Place

Spain (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1608–1614

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

143.3 × 100.4 cm (56 7/16 × 39 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Joseph Winterbotham

Reference Number

1949.397

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