View of Toledo by El Greco.

El Greco cultivated other genres more rarely…. His two landscapes, View of Toledo (c. 1610; New York, Met.) and View and Plan of Toledo (Toledo, Casa & Mus. El Greco), are also late works of c. 1610. In these El Greco is preoccupied with the means of representing what is perceived as well as an emblematic sense of the urban landscape and a zenithal projection of the city, a combination that was advanced in the representation of urban topography. It is possible that in Toledo and Madrid these works influenced interest in still-life and in landscape, genres that had, almost exclusively, been orientated towards a naturalistic type of formal structure.

From ‘Greco, El [Theotokopoulos, Domenikos [Dominico; Dominikos; Menegos]]’ in Grove Art Online on Oxford Art Online.

We’re examining inspiring landscapes this July on the Oxford Academic Tumblr. 

Image credit: View of Toledo. El Greco. c.1599. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Public domain via WikiArt.