The works on the story of the Healing of the Blind El Greco wrote at least three times. All paintings have a similar composition, but differ in the interpretation of details.
This picture is the earliest and includes a genre scene with a dog, which is not present in other versions. To understand the peculiarities of the style of the work presented, you need to know that it refers to that period of the artist’s work when he arrived in Venice, became a disciple of Titian and was influenced by Tintoretto and Michelangelo.
In the creations of this period, El Greco is still a Venetian in style, here he is not yet “real”: some figures have a clear resemblance to the figures of Tintoretto. For example, the figure and gesture of an old man in a green cloak literally coincides with the figure of Joseph in the painting Tintoretto’s “Flight into Egypt”, written in 1583 and stored in Scuola San Rocco in Venice.
But the work of Tintoretto was written much later than the picture of El Greco! In the XVII century it was attributed to Veronese, later – Jacopo Bassano.