Saint Martin and the Beggar (El Greco)

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Saint Martin and the Beggar
Spanish: San Martín y el mendigo
El Greco - San Martín y el mendigo.jpg
ArtistEl Greco
Yearc. 1597-1599
TypeOil paint on canvas
Dimensions193.5 cm × 103 cm (76.2 in × 41 in)
LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Saint Martin and the Beggar is a painting by the Greek mannerist painter El Greco, painted c. 1597-1599, that currently is in the collection of The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. [1] It depicts a legend in the life of Christian saint Martin of Tours: the saint cut off half his cloak and gave it to a beggar.[2]

El Greco made a smaller version of the painting that is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.[3]


  1. ^ "Spanish Painter ... El Greco". Kentucky New Era. 28 July 1962. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  2. ^ "About This Artwork: Saint Martin and the Beggar". Art Institute of Chicago. Retrieved 9 October 2014.