Saturday, January 21, 2012

El Greco

real name - Dominikos Theotokópulos
El Greco was an 'honorary Spaniard' and an artist. He was actually born in Crete in 1541 but after a period of study in Italy he settled in Spain.
Mostly he lived in Toledo and his first commissions there were for altarpieces at the Convent of Santo Domingo and the Cathedral. 
Much of his best works are exhibited in his hometown. His best-known work, 'The Burial of Count Orgaz', is displayed in the Church of Santo Tomé in the city. More of his work, including 'The Crucifixion', is displayed in the Hospital y Museo de Santa Cruz in Toledo and also in the Greco Museum and House in the city. Madrid's Museo del Prado also displays some of his work.
He is known primarily for his religious paintings but he also produced other work including icons and sculpture.

El Greco - 'The Burial of Count Orgaz'
location: Santo Tomé, Toledo

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