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Friday, May 31, 2013

El Greco-Doménikos Theotokópoulos, (Greek, 1541 - 1614)


"El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname. Greek-born Spanish Mannerist Painter, 1541-1614 Considered a representative of late Renaissance Spanish art, El Greco was actually born in Greece, on the island of Crete. After studying in Venice under Titian, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577. At the time he was wildly popular, his emotionally religious paintings being just the ticket for the hometown of the Spanish Inquisition. After his death his work was largely ignored until the beginning of the 20th century; now he considered one of the inspired geniuses of Western art. His distinctive style features bold shapes and colors, with elongated and slightly distorted figures. In Toledo El Greco was in constant demand and liked living large: he maintained a private orchestra to accompany his meals. In  to Toledo  he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.
A View of Toledo, c1597
A View of Toledo, c1597
Allegory with a Boy Lighting a Candle in the Company of an Ape and a Fool
The Annunciation
Laocoon
The Last Supper


Mount Sinai
The Holy Family
Mary Magdalen in Penitence
Apostles Peter and Paul, c1587-92
The Opening of the Fifth Seal of the Apolcalypse
Apparition of the Virgin to St. Lawrence
Mary Magdalen in Penitence
A Boy Blowing an Ember to Light a Candle
The Holy Family with St Mary Magdalen
The Repentant Peter
Mary Magdalen in Penitence
The Resurrection
A Lady in a Fur Wrap


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