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[El Greco] pressed for official recognition of painting as a liberal art. To gauge the status of painting in Spain at that time, consider that El Greco was paid three hundred and fifty ducats for his first major Toledan commission, 'The Disrobing of Christ,' and (albeit ten years later) five hundred and seventy for crafting the picture's frame."

[El Greco's earnings did not prevent him from living extravagantly. At one point he rented twenty-four rooms in a palace and employed musicians to play while he dined.]

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