Art: An Original El Greco

Across the state line in Missouri, there was news last week of an older and more celebrated name in art: Spain's 16th century (1541-1614) master, El Greco. Kansas City's William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art proudly announced that it had just bought El Greco's Portrait of a Trinitarian Monk, one of his last and most impressionistic works, a magnificent study of a bearded cleric in white robes and a dark cape.

Painted about 1610, the 37 in. by 33 in. portrait was part of a private collection in Madrid, has only rarely been on public display. Kansas City, said the gallery, would...

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