El Greco

by: Jacob Collins


  • Named "El Greco" because his other names were too hard to pronounce
  • Born 1541 in Crete, Greece
  • Settled in Spain
  • Pupil of Titian
  • Titian was a religious painter that was popular at the time
  • He was a Renaissance man
  • Familiar with Greek and Latin literature as well as Spanish and Italian
  • Had a library containing many architectural books of the time period
  • Wrote architectural book but has been lost
  • Had Italian and Spanish art periods, mostly paintings and murals
  • Italian period: Boy Blowing on an Ember
  • Spanish period: Assumption of the Virgin
  • Later Style: Joseph with the Christ Child
  • Diego de Castilla commissioned El Greco to paint three alter pieces for the Santo Domingo church in Toledo
  • Many of his patrons were church men
  • Focused on idealism
  • Many paintings were religious, incorperating ideals and representing real things not quite as they really seem
  • Classicism paintings were also an area of expertiece for El Greco
  • Classicism because of the classic religious paintings and El Greco's Greek roots

Works Cited

Christiansen, Keith. "El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1541–1614)". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/grec/hd_grec.htm (October 2004)

"El Greco." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 30 Nov. 2015.

Greco, El. The Espolio. 1579. Toledo Cathedral, n.p.

Greco, El. Boy Blowing on an Ember. Early 1570s. N.p.

Greco, El. Assumption of the Virgin. 1577. N.p.