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EL GRECO

Domenicos Theotokopoulos

1541-1614

One of the Greatest Painters Of All Time

Visionary Greek Mannerist Painter

Stylistically influenced by the following painters;  - Titian, Tintoretto, Piero della Francesca and Duccio di Buoninsegna

Education - studied under Titian

Cause of Death -  drowning

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In the works that introduced him to Spain, Christ Stripped of His Garments on Calvary, El Greco has freed himself from Titian, and now seems as a savage entering the world of art with impetuous primeval power. He displays his a collection of Herculean figures composed of real flesh and blood, of barbaric bone and marrow. The same quality gives his painting of the Holy Trinity a primeval, brutal grandeur. His picture in the church of San Tome in Toledo, in which members of a knightly order solemnly attend the funeral of count Orgaz, whose corpse is lowered into a grave by two saints, while Christ, Mary, martyrs, and angels hover in the air, this penetrating painting in its abrupt union of actual with transcendental, already heralds the visionary painting of the seventeenth century. His later works are uncanny, ghostly paintings of exaggerated line and harsh color; which seem executed in was colors mingled with the mould of corpses. In all respects he seems a strange titanic master; and not until more is known of his life will he stand revealed as an artist. -- Richard Muther, The History of Modern Painting, Henry and Co., London, 1896

 Amazing Facts

El Greco was born as Domenikos Theotokopoulos in the picturesque village of Fodele on the island of Crete .


As a youth El Greco studied  icon painting at a local monastery
El Greco means The Greek.


El Greco was 26 when he fled his homespun roots and landed in the bustling metropolis of Venice around 1566.


While in Venice El Greco was worked in the studio of the brilliant High Renaissance artist Titian.

 
El Greco landed in Toledo, Spain around 1578. He considered Toledo to be his spiritual homeland and met the love of his life, the voluptuous Dona Jeronima de la Cuevas.
Although El Greco Dona Jeronima never wed the union did produce a love child, El Greco named his son Jorge- Manue.


El Greco was finically shrewd and lived the life of a rich man. Along with his beautiful young mistress and son, he lived in a sumptuous house in Toledo and entertained internationally acclaimed writers, artist and poets.

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