Ornament developed from El Greco's The Assumption of the Virgin (detail),1577-79, from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection.

With no major commissions in Rome, El Greco moved on to Spain in 1577. He quickly earned a major commission for the altarpiece for the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo, the result being the monumental The Assumption of the Virgin (1577–79). Of a scale and format that he had never previously attempted, The Assumption became a showpiece for the artist as he attempted to mold a new career for himself in Spain. 

  • Dimensions: 5 x 2.6 x .16 in.
  • Materials: Glass, Ribbon