February 2nd, 2011
The letter this week is the Cheerful C
C is for Caballero, Cavalier and Cards
El Caballero de la mano al pecho
El Greco 1541-1614
This famous painting (1580) by Domenikos Theotokopoutes
born on the Island of Crete in 1541, moving from there to Italy
when he was 26, and thence to Toledo, in Spain
where this picture was painted in 1580 and where the artist
was known as The Greek - El Greco.
Translated the title of the picture is
the knight (man) with his hand on his chest
and there has been considerable discussion and controversy about
the position of his hand, and most especially the position of the fingers
with the thumb pointed upwards and the two middle fingers closed together.
It is speculated that the position indicates a request for forgiveness of a sin, or
that it is an ancient Jewish tradition, although there is no record of this.
On a lighter note we have a picture of
Cavaliers playing Cards, painted by Maximo Caballero
Maximo Caballero was a Spanish painter who was born in 1867 and died in 1951.
He seems to have painted a number of tavern pictures with these
dashing Cavaliers busy at various activities.
A good place to set up one's easel......
For more C's visit here at ABC Wednesday, with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt and her kindly crew.