Before becoming famous as El Greco (The Greek) in Spain, he used to be Doménikos Theotokópoulos the Cretan. Before becoming recognizable thanks to his great paintings of Saints with long faces and an unwordly air, before the tourists started to rush to Toledo in order to admire the house of one of the best painters of all time, he had painted a religious icon that one can see today at the Dormition of the Mother of God church, in the diocese of Psarianon, on the Greek island of Syros.
Don’t expect to behold a work of breathtaking dimensions such as The burial of Count Orgaz because you’ll be disappointed. It is a small icon, very common to the Christian Orthodox faith. Still, if you observe it closely, you’ll find some of the elements that made El Greco such an admirable artist and you’ll realize that in it there’s a real announcement of the Heavens opening to accept not a dead body but an eternal soul….