El Greco “Agony in the Garden” version two. 

Working from a pair of paintings lends the copying experience an intensity. Like working from Veronese’s “Allegory of Love”  set, working from the El Greco pair means you can compare and reassess throughout. Drawing the second “Agony in the Garden” was easier in many ways. I had a clearer sense of the composition. This didn’t stop me wildly underestimating the width of the angel again though!   Fantastic experience of copying from one of the most idiosyncratic masters.

El Greco “Agony in the Garden”

When you find a new painting in the National Gallery it’s a good idea to sketch it fast! I was very excited to see that this El Greco version has been lent by a private collection and is hung next to the gallery’s own version of “The Agony in the Garden”.   El Greco is a complicated painter, taking Tintoretto’s school of composition and running with it. Always an exciting artist to copy.  If you’re near the National Gallery this week run in and see this painting before it returns to its collection.