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El Greco

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El Greco
By: Destiny Case and Morgan Hawkins
Who was he?
Who did he become?
And now.....a glance at some of his renowned paintings! :)

"Christ Carrying the Cross"

He finished this painting in 1578 (about 430 years ago!), during the Spanish period in Spain, using oil and a canvas.
It is now located in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

"Christ Healing The Blind Man"

He painted this work of art using oil and a panel. It was completed in 1560 (about 450 years ago!) during the Cretan period in Greece.

It is now located in Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Dresden, Germany.
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annd those were just a few of
his many magnificent paintings!!
"Deposition in the Tomb"

Greco completed this masterpiece in Italy during the Italian period in 1875. He used oil and a canvas.
Finally! A recap of El Greco and more about his famous artwork.
He was Domenikos Theotocopoulos. He was born around 1541 in Candia, Crete, Greece!!
Not much is known of his childhood, but in his early twenties, he traveled to Venice and was given the opportunity to study under Titian, a popular painter. Under the guidance of his teacher, El Greco was able to master the fundamental aspects of Renaissance painting. Titian’s influence can be seen in much of Greco’s work.
"View of Toledo"

This cityscape view of Toledo was painted in 1599 while Greco was in Toledo Spain during the Spanish period.

He used oil and a canvas to create this piece of art.

It now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Around the age of thirty-five he arrived in Toledo, Spain, where he would live and work for the remainder of his life producing what would become his best known paintings. While in Spain, he met Diego de Castilla, the dean of the Toledo Cathedral. Diego commissioned El Greco to paint a group of works for the alter of the church of Santo Dominto el Antiguo such as "The Trinity" and "The Assumption of the Virgin." He also commissioned the "Disrobing of Christ." These paintings would eventually be viewed by the world as some of his most accomplished pieces!
In 1570, Greco moved to Rome, where he joined the painters' academy and established a studio. However, success did not seem to be coming and proved elusive during his time there. El Greco criticized the work of Michelango, another great painter, and his artistic abilities which brought on strong criticism from the Roman art establishment. This caused El Greco to leave Rome for Spain in 1576.
El Greco served as the primary influence of painters. For thousands of years, not a single artist could come close to his style of painting. Even to this day, his technique is only used by some of the most skilled artists in the world.
At the start of his career, Greco endured many hardships and trials right up until the end. However he did gain the success that he had hoped for. After his death on April 07, 1614 , artists world wide began to appreciate his work. Today, he is one of the most respected artists in history.
Crazy facts about this El Greco guy?
Some examples of the artist's own handwriting have been discovered in Toledo.
He was buried at the church of Santo Domingo, but he never wrote a will…..
He is rumored to have gone mad towards the latter part of his career. The increasing strangeness of his paintings didn't help his case....
Greco allegedly faced a judicial suit, as to when he arrived in Spain and why. However, he never gave this information out.
He was Roman Catholic
He never married but had a son, Jorge Manuel (b. 1578), with his girlfriend, Doña Jerónima de Las Cuevas.
The people of Spain found it pretty much impossible to pronounce his "50 cent word" name so they change it to "El Greco", meaning "The Greek."
You...Mrs. Summer Reel, have just recieved the low down on Domenikos Theotocopoulos, better known as, "El Greco." Annnnd nowwwww.....
annnd of course!! www.prezi.com
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