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Townsville, Queensland, Australia
March 20, 2008
From journal Unique Toledo
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
August 16, 2006
It celebrates the Burial of the Count of Orgaz who died in the 1200s.
He apparently did so many good deeds whilst he was alive that on his death St Stephen and St Augustine appeared to carry his body up to heaven.
Every year for some 250 years the villagers gave offerings of silver, bread and firewood to celebrate the miracle.
Many years later El Greco was commissioned to paint this miraculous event.
The painting is beautifully done with the Count appearing in his full armour.
On the left is the Count's son. On a piece of fabric in his pocket is the date of El Greco's son's birthday.
The colours at the base are quite dark depicting life here on dreary old earth. The painting becomes light and airy at the top near where heaven begins and the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ are waiting to welcome the Count along with a host of angels.
El Greco also appears in the painting as an onlooker as well as many of his friends.
Pay the extra 1 euro for the audio guide to really understand the painting and gain the most of from your visit.
This little church cost me quite a lot of money as my partner spent the time in the Sword shop opposite and you guessed it had picked out a sword by the time I had finished looking at the painting!
From journal Magical, Medieval Toledo
August 24, 2000
From journal Too-LAY-do