Toledo Exhibition Commemorates 400th Anniversary of El Greco’s Death

el greco exhibitionThe Museum of Santa Cruz in Toledo, Spain, is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the famous Greek painter El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) from March 13, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of his death on April 7, 1614.

The exhibition will be held in different spaces across Toledo, which are known as El Greco Venues. Visitors will have the chance to see the places where El Greco carried out his work: the Vestry of Toledo Cathedral, The Chapel of San José, the Convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, the Church of Santo Tomé and the Tavera Hospital.

The exhibition is presenting El Greco’s work before he arrived in Spain, in Candia, current Heraklion, Venice and Rome. It is based on an analysis of his early training  in Crete, and the influence that Italian painters Titian, Tintoretto, Giorgio Giulio Clovio and Michelangelo had on his work. The exhibition also puts an emphasis on his work as a portrait painter, the only genre in which he obtained fame and the recognition of his contemporaries.

El Greco was born in Crete, Greece, in 1541.  In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo he produced his mature and most famous works. El Greco is considered as the precursor of Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works inspired many poets and writers such as Nikos Kazantzakis. Modern scholars characterize him as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is famous for his dramatic and expressionistic style, and his tortuously elongated figures.