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El Greco Glasses Case - Portrait of a cardinal

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 El Greco Glasses Case - Portrait of a cardinal

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El Greco Glasses Case - Portrait of a cardinal

This glasses case and the accompanying microfibre are illustrated with a detail from the work of the artist El Greco, Portrait of a Cardinal, probably Don Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541-1609) c. 1600.

This intense portrait depicts Fernando Niño de Guevara (1541-1609), who in 1596 was named cardinal and is dressed as such here. In 1599 he became Inquisitor General of Spain but resigned in 1602 to serve the rest of his life as Archbishop of Seville. The painting probably dates from the spring of 1600 when the cardinal was in Toledo with Philip III and members of the Madrid court. El Greco had lived in Venice and in the Farnese Palace in Rome, where Titian's portraits (such as those of the Farnese Pope Paul III) would have revealed to the Greek painter the psychological possibilities of portraiture.