By: Mitchell Roy
Biography of "The Greek"
- Born in Candia, Crete, Greece in 1541
- Birth name was Domenikos Theotokopoulos
- Spent most of his life in Toledo, Spain (1577-1614)
- A student of Titian in Venice, very well educated
- Religion was the most important part of his life
- Could speak Italian and Spanish
- Created paintings (Adoration of the Name of Jesus, Assumption of the Virgin, and Espolio to name a few)
- Churches in and around Toledo were his patrons (S. Domingo el Antiguo was probably the biggest patron for El Greco)
- "El Greco" is Spanish for "The Greek"
- Given this nickname in Spain because of where he was originally from
Adoration of the Name of Jesus
- Created between 1577-1579
- Located in the Monasterio de San Lorenzo del Escorial in Madrid, Spain
- Also known as The Dream of Felipe II
The significance of this piece is that it shows lots of Christians worshipping their God. In a time where people began turning away from religion, this piece makes it seem as if religion is becoming a necessity for more and more people. A new technique used in this piece is linear perspective. The people in the front are larger than the people perceived to be in the back.
"El Greco." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography In Context. Web. 10 Nov. 2013.