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The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest

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original title

El caballero de la Mano en el pecho

The artwork




Oil, canvas

Mannerism (Late Renaissance)
81 cm x 66 cm


The artist

Doménikos Theotokópoulos El Greco

October 1, 1541

Spanish / Greek

Where to see it

Museo Nacional del Prado

"I paint because the spirits whisper madly inside my head."
El Greco

Why we love it

As they say from the Prado Museum, this portrait not only shows the physiognomy of man, but also captures the essence of his position and his ideals.

The gesture of bringing the right hand to the left side of the chest – to the heart – indicates not only pious respect, but also a declaration of intent that must be kept as a matter of honor. He holds his hand reverently to his heart.

No matter the identity of the person portrayed, he is a man “of honor.”

This is just our small contribution, your curiosity can do the rest.


100% Gentleman

“A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out.” –George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright, critic, polemicist and political activist.

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