Exhibition in Toledo commemorates the 4th Centenary of El Greco's death

Exhibition in Toledo commemorates the 4th Centenary of El Greco's death

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The next April 7 the 400 years after the death of Doménikos Theotokópoulos, El Greco, a painter of Cretan Renaissance origin who developed most of his work in Spain. Toledo was one of the nerve centers of the development of his painting and the city wanted to commemorate the event with an exhibition that brings together the most important works that he produced there, in contrast to other paintings by artists of the time.

The exhibition will take place at the Santa Cruz Museum and it will be extended to the most representative buildings of the so-called «El Greco locations»In which he developed his works: the sacristy of the Cathedral of Toledo, the convent of Santo Domingo el Antiguo, the Church of Santo Tomé and the Tavera or San Juan Bautista hospital.

His more mature work, with a singular and unprecedented style, syntax of the many influences he received throughout his life, placed him as one of the greatest exponents of Spanish Renaissance painting. The exhibition will try to offer that majestic image of his pictorial productions with special emphasis on his capacity as a portraitist.

The portrait was the genre that received the greatest fame and admiration among its contemporaries, although its particular mannerism it differed a lot from what was liked between the noble and royal high society, as for example in the portraits of Philip II of the time. This exhibition will present contemporary works of the painter, real portraits of his time, of Felipe II and Felipe III, so that the public can verify the exceptional nature of his painting within the historical-artistic context.

Likewise, many of his religious images will be exhibited, highlighting his attitude towards art as an economic and marketable good. El Greco owned a great workshop that reproduced and distributed replicas of his most popular works. In this way, he had students who assisted him and to whom he taught his special technique and style, thus managing to extend his influence to later generations. Likewise, he had a wide portfolio of clients and admirers who did not hesitate to acquire his paintings.

Romantic, in the artistic sense of the word. In my adolescence both family and friends reminded me over and over that I was an inveterate humanist, as I spent time doing what perhaps others not so much, believing myself to be Bécquer, immersed in my own artistic fantasies, in books and movies, constantly wanting to travel and explore the world, admired for my historical past and for the wonderful productions of the human being. That is why I decided to study History and combine it with Art History, because it seemed to me the most appropriate way to carry out the skills and passions that characterize me: reading, writing, traveling, researching, knowing, making known, educating. Disclosure is another of my motivations, because I understand that there is no word that has real value if it is not because it has been transmitted effectively. And with this, I am determined that everything I do in my life has an educational purpose.

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