he Assumption of the Virgin 
Date:1577–79
 
Artist:
Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco (Greek, active in Spain, 1541–1614)
 
ABOUT THIS ARTWORK
This painting was the central element of the altarpiece that was El Greco’s first major Spanish commission and first large public work. After living in Venice and Rome, where he absorbed the late Mannerist style, the Greek-born artist settled in the Spanish city of Toledo in 1577 to work on the high altar of the convent church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo. The church of this ancient Cistercian convent was being rebuilt as the funerary chapel of a pious widow, Doña Maria de Silva. In El Greco’s grand de-sign, the Assumption was surmounted by a representation of the Trinity and was flanked by two side altars decorated with paintings of the