El Greco

Greek, 1541-1614

Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541-1614) was born on the Greek island of Crete in the former Republic of Venice. He began his artistic journey through the Mediterranean to finally settle and retire in Toledo, Spain. Theotokópoulos embraced the Spanish Renaissance and became known for his unique painting style characterised by dramatic expressions. Although trained as a Byzantine Icon painter, Roman Catholicism was the primary focus of El Greco’s artistic endeavour and the source of inspiration to create remarkable works of art during the mannerism movement. Some of the most notable works of art that reflect his unique painting style include masterpieces such as The Holy Trinity (1577 – 1579), Opening of the Fifth Seal (1608–1614), and The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (1642).

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