Background on El Greco
El Greco was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. The Greek was his nickname. He trained and became a master at age 26 to the Veince. In 1750 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venetian Renaissance. In 1577 he moved to Toledo where he recieved several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.
He was sometimes referred to as the Late Renaissance. But he was mainly considered a Mannerist, this early work is very reminiscent of Byzantine art, by which El Greco was heavily influenced. Many regard El Greco as one of the finest painters of Spain, if not all of the Western art.