El Greco

A Virtual Exhibit


El Greco was born in Crete, Greece in 1541. His full name is Domenikos Theotokopoulos. He spent most of life in Venice, Italy. He was taught how to paint by Titian, an Italien painter. El Greco was extremely serious about his works. He could also read and write in Latin, and Greek. El Greco was an artist and an architect. Some of his works include Purification of the Temple, Christ Healing the Blind, View of Toledo, and St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata. His patrons were Phillip II, and Titian.

The Work

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View of Toledo

The piece above is titled View of Toledo. It was created during 1596-1600. You can see this piece at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This piece uses a great amount of color and uses perspective. I find this piece interesting because the sky is very detailed and uses a lot of grey and dark colors. Also, El Greco used many shades of green to color the trees. View of Toledo exemplifies humanism because the piece is focused on a city that was created by man. This city boasts the new architectural advances created by man.

Works Cited

View of Toledo

Theotokopoulos, Domenikos. View of Toledo. 1596-1600. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Http://library.artstor.org/library/welcome.html#3|search|6|All20Collections3A20View20of20Toledo|Filtered20Search|||type3D3626kw3DView20of20Toledo26geoIds3D26clsIds3D26collTypes3D26id3Dall26bDate3D26eDate3D26dExact3D26prGeoId3D. ARTstor. Web.

"El Greco." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 18 Nov. 2013.