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El Greco's painting

El Greco's painting

It is known that El Greco was reputed to paint the elongated figures.

King Felipe II, knowledgeable about this problem but a great admirer of the great artist's painting, put all his philosophers to think of a way for El Greco to paint a portrait of his person with the right proportions.

How did the king manage to have a portrait provided?

Solution

The king had a portrait of his person painted by El Greco. This obviously painted an elongated figure. The king turned the painting 90 ° and ordered the artist to paint a picture of that painting so that the new work would retain the correct proportions.