St. John of the Cross’ Cell

El Greco, View of Toledo, ca. 1598–99

“The unimaginably cramped cell in which St. John of the Cross was once imprisoned for months, beaten repeatedly and virtually starved, but where he nonetheless managed to compose some of his finest verses. / In a building that no longer exists—but can still be seen in El Greco’s View of Toledo.”

—David Markson, The Last Novel.

[I’m not particularly interested in Markson’s work, but came across this fragment by chance. I am however interested in St. John of the Cross’ and El Greco’s work.]

1 thought on “St. John of the Cross’ Cell

  1. The inner subject of El Greco’s art is the seeing, the knowing, and the testifying to, a miracle: the miracle of a body emerging from another body or from the milieu, the miracle of adhesion and interpenetration, of levitation or self-liberation […]

    Foreigner he was until the end, even beyond the end: a scarcely noticed foreigner-ghost, visitor-ghost of the following centuries

    Leo Bronstein

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