El Greco - Jacob Samuel

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JacobSamuel wrote
on 9 Sep 2013 8:36 AM

El Greco

El Greco, born Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 – 7 April 1614), was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname,a reference to his national Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος , often adding the word Κρής.

El Greco was born in Crete, which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before travelling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.


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mclnda wrote
on 7 Feb 2014 1:11 PM

I have been given classroom art assignments the required piece to begin with one of the old masters.

I have chosen his work many times. Awesome pieces!

Wish others would post their view of his work.

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on 7 Feb 2014 6:50 PM


You asked for our views of El Greco's work. I join just about everyone else in thinking his paintings are magnificent.

I am proud to say that El Greco and I both worked in Toledo at one point in our careers. El Greco worked in Toledo Spain and I worked in Toledo Ohio. That's about as close as we ever got.

However, it was in exhibitions at the beautiful Toledo Museum of Art, where I went to school, that I first saw some of his originals. They were wonderful to see. You can never mistake an El Greco as being the work of any other artist. His figures have an distinctive, elongated look. To me, they look like soaring spirits, almost other-worldly.

There are always a few people around who want to explain the unique and truly creative in pedestrian or even scientific terms. In El Greco's case people have tried to attribute his elongated figures to an eye problem. Don't believe it. You can take that from an artist from Toledo.


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