The execution of this work clearly shows that by this time El Greco had developed a much freer style of painting. The brushstrokes are much looser and less defined, applied swiftly to create dramatic textures. The colour palette is darker and metallic with bursts of light, like lightning bolts in a stormy sky, which illuminate the colours and electrify the glazes.
The characters seem to be in a state of permanent levitation. He simplifies the garments by arranging the folds geometrically, which has the effect of synthesising the end result.
El Greco set a clear precedent and has been a source of inspiration for countless generations of artists.