The small museum in the Church of Santo Tome is home to Toledo's most important El Greco treasure: the painting El entierro del Conde de Orgaz (The Burial of Count Orgaz). It is one of the most outstanding works of the Spanish sixteenth century and was painted by Domenico Theotocopuli between 1586 and 1588. Andres Nunez, pastor of the church, commissioned the work by the Cretan artist in order to illustrate with all possible pomp and magnificence the miracle of St. Augustine and St. Stephen being present at the funeral of Don Gonzalo Ruiz de Toledo, Lord of Orgaz, who died in 1323 after a life performing numerous good works for the needy. At the bottom of the canvas, next to the deceased and the saints, El Greco masterfully portrayed the environment of the time, with models - including Antonio de Covarrubias, the parish priest, the artist himself and his son Jorge Manuel - and extraordinary detailing in the depiction of the clothing and armour of the deceased. In the upper part of the canvas, enclosed by a semicircular arch, the Cretan portrayed his vision of God's Glory, with the Virgin and St. John interceding on behalf of the knight's soul.
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