Some time ago now, I visited the Prado in Madrid.
There was a special exhibition on Van Dijck, called El Joven Van Dijck – The Young Van Dijck.
An incredible assembly of masterpieces. The 2 hours I had in between other activities was massively insufficient.
It is full of Habsburg Jaws. In the paintings, in the sculptures. After a while this becomes corny and funny. All of these great emporers with these massive chins express an sickly absence of joy and compassion. If there is an emotion they express, it is one of detachment and ruthlessness.
El Greco shows he is an expressionist avant la lettre.