El Greco

By: Alexa Dyer

Biography

El Greco is the artist that I have chosen to research for this project. He was born 1541 in the city of Crete Italy. Greco spent about thirty years in Venice Italy but moved to Toledo Spain for the rest of his life. One of the reasons Greco moved to Spain was to expand his knowledge of painting to pursue his career as an artist. He met a person named Titan who is known to be one of the greatest painters in the world. He taught El Greco how to use perspective and constructing figures in his work which made him to be the well known fantastic artist that we know him of today. El Greco was known for his paintings like Saint Andrew, Annunciation, and Saint Sebastian. One of Grecos biggest supporters or Patrons was a man named Alexander Farnese. He was Duke of Parma and Piacenza and also the governor of the Spanish Netherlands. In Grecos art he was known for using Individualism, Cubism , and Expressionism. Much of his work was individualism because he liked to express one character and who they were and he made that the focus of his paintings. Also he used expressionism to show the emotional value in his art.

The Painting Imformation

The painting that I chose to do by El Greco is called Portrait of a nobleman with his hand on his chest. El Greco painted it from 1583 to 1585. Today you would be able to find it in Mueso Del Prado which is a museum in Madrid Spain. The significance of this Portrait is to show people what kind of person the man in the painting was. Also what it was like for different people in different social classes in their lives. To me this piece of art is very beautiful and interesting. The colors are are perfect to tell the story that I think El Greco was trying to get across to his audience. I have never seen a painting before that lets the person looking at it decide what its about. This painting is definitely expressing Individualism because its focus is on one person and there personality and shows what social class and what kind of person this man is by his clothes and face. I think this painting is very interesting because it tells a story about this mans life. Also nobody really knows what El Greco was meaning to get across in this piece of art besides himself so it allows people to think what they want of the painting and to be creative. This link below is to a website that you can look up artists or paintings and it with show you the painting and give some information on it.
<http://www.el-greco-foundation.org/Portrait-of-a-Young-Gentleman-1600s.html>.
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Works Cited

"Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1541–1614).

N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Nov. 2014.

"El Greco." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 23 Nov. 2014.