Sant'Andrea e San Francesco    Santa Trinità    Giovanni Battista   San Luigi, Re di Francia    Via Crucis

Click on picture to enlarge


El Greco (1541?-1614), was one of the world's great painters.


He was born Domenikos Theotokopulos in Iraklion (Candia), Crete, but did most of his work in Spain. The Spaniards called him El Greco, the Greek.

His saints

El Greco was a master draftsman whose paintings combine courtly elegance with religious fervor. He intentionally distorted forms to emphasize the spiritual quality of a figure or event. His saints are ghostly creations of his imagination. However, his portraits of noblemen are elegant and realistic.


In 1559 or 1560, El Greco left Crete to study in Venice with Tintoretto and other masters. El Greco's mature work is based on the Venetian version of the style called mannerism. This style is characterized by graceful lines, elongated and abstract forms, and metallic colors with white highlights. The style can be seen in the two El Greco paintings Pietà and Christ Carrying the Cross.

Rome and Spain

Seeking patronage, El Greco went to Rome in 1570 and to Toledo, Spain, in 1577. King Philip II of Spain disliked his great Marty dom of St. Maurice and El Greco never gained royal favor. In Toledo, El Greco created a series of great religious paintings and portraits. He painted his masterpiece The Burial of Count Orgaz in 1586. In this painting, the realistic drawing and color of the lower, earthly, portion contrasts with the abstract forms in the upper, heavenly, section.


His paintings from 1600 until 1614 are almost baroque in composition, but the distortion of light , space, and form are completely personal. Such works as Laocoon had a profound influence on the expressionist painters of the 1900's.

The Greco's works of art

§ " The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" 1575 oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

§ " Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple" National Gallery at London

§ " View of Toledo" 1597 oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

§ " Madonna and Child with St. Martina and St. Agnes" 1597-99 National Gallery of Art at Washington

§ " St. Martin and the Beggar" approx. 1597-99 National Gallery of Art at Washington

§ " Saints John the Evangelist and Francis" 1600 oil on canvas Galleria degli Uffizi Florence

§ " Christ Carrying the Cross" 1600-1605 oil on canvas Museo del Prado Madrid

§ " The Saviour" approx. 1604-14 Greco Museum at Toledo

§ " Self-Portrait" approx. 1604 The Metropolitan Museum of Art at New York

§ " Fray Hortensio Félix Paravicino" 1609 oil on canvas Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

§ " Laocoon" 1610

§ " The Trinity" 1577-79 oil on canvas Museo del Prado Madrid

§ "The Disrobing of Christ" 1583-84 canvas Pinakothek at Munich

§ "Resurrection" approx. 1584-94 Museo del Prado Madrid

§ "St. Louis: King of France" approx. 1586-94 Musée du Louvre Paris

§ "Portrait of a Cardinal" oil on canvas The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

§ "Saint Jerome as a Cardinal" oil on canvas Metropolitan Museum of Art New York

§ "Apostles Peter and Paul" 1587-92 oil on canvas The Hermitage at St. Petersburg

§ "St. John the Evangelist" approx. 1594-1604 oil on canvas Museo del Prado Madrid

§ "St. Anthony of Padua"

§ "St. Veronica"

§ "Portrait of a Lady" approx. 1594-1601 Philadelphia Museum of Art

§ "Holy Family -The Virgin of the Good Milk" approx. 1594-1604 Hospital of San Juan Bautista Toledo

§ "Agony in the Garden" 1595,oil on canvas Toledo Museum of Art Ohio




Home   Introduzione   Artisti contemporanei   Artisti del passato   Artisti segnalati   Vendite on-line   Storia dell'Arte     Impressionismo  Desktop

Home   Introduction   Present day Artist's   Artists of the past   Marked Artist's   Purchases on-line   International exhibition     Impressionism  Desktop


 Artinvest2000, international Arts Portal Copyright 2006©
Any Site contents reproduction, even partial, is strictly prohibited, unless preventively authorized. Any illicit one will be pursued according to the relevant laws. Optimized for 1024x768 or higher resolution.