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El Greco

(c.1541 - 1614)

Biography

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The most unusual painter in 16th-century Europe, El Greco combined the strict Byzantine style of his homeland, Greece, with influences received during his studies in Venice and the medieval tradition of the country where he worked, Spain.
            Domenicos Theotocopoulos, later called El Greco, the Greek, by the Spaniards, was born in Candia, on the island of Crete. Nothing is known of his parentage. He was trained as icon-maker in a monastery; he then went to Venice (soon after 1560), where Titian became his greatest mentor. El Greco, however, obtained very little influence from his master; but a certain influence of Bassano, Baroccio, Veronese, and Tintoretto could be felt but on the whole his works are very individual and distinct. In 1570, El Greco went by way of Parma (where he appreciated Correggio) to Rome, where he met Michelangelo. He criticized his Last Judgment severely, and offered to produce a better composition. But on the whole Michelangelo and the Central Italian Mannerists stimulated him.Read El Greco's Full Biography

El Greco. Christ Healing the Blind Man. Christ Healing the Blind Man. 1560s. Oil on panel. Alte Meister Gallerie, Dresden, Germany. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Annunciation. Annunciation. Before 1570. Tempera on panel. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Portrait of Giulio Clovio. Portrait of Giulio Clovio. c.1570. Oil on canvas. Museo e Galleria Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Annunciation. The Annunciation. 1570-1575. Oil on canvas. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Lugano-Castagnola, Switzerland. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Boy Lighting a Candle (Boy Blowing on an Ember). Boy Lighting a Candle (Boy Blowing on an Ember). c.1570-1575. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Fable. Fable. c.1570-1575. Oil on canvas. Private collection. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. c.1570. Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Annunciation. The Annunciation. c.1575. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. St. Mary Magdalene. St. Mary Magdalene. . Oil on canvas. Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Holy Trinity. The Holy Trinity. 1577. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. c.1577. Oil on canvas. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. St. Sebastian. St. Sebastian. c.1577-1578. Oil on canvas. Cathedral Sacristy, Palencia, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Assumption of the Virgin. Assumption of the Virgin. 1577-1579. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Disrobing of Christ. Disrobing of Christ. 1577-1579. Oil on canvas. Toledo Cathedral, Toledo, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Dream of Philip II. The Dream of Philip II. 1579. Oil on canvas. Real Monasterio, Escorial, Spain. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest. Portrait of a Nobleman with His Hand on His Chest. c.1580. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Martyrdom of St. Maurice. The Martyrdom of St. Maurice. 1580-82. Oil on canvas. Real Monasterio, Escorial, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. St.Peter in Tears. St.Peter in Tears. c.1580-1585. Oil on canvas. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Couty Durham, UK. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. c.1580-1585. Oil on canvas. Nelson Gallery-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. Gentleman of the House of Leiva (?). Gentleman of the House of Leiva (?). c. 1580-1585. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Martyrdom of St. Maurice. The Martyrdom of St. Maurice. 1580s. Oil on canvas. Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania. Read Note. [Order a Print]
El Greco. The Resurrection. The Resurrection. 1584-1594. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. Read Note. [Order a Print]
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