El Greco

Welcome to this month’s artist resource featuring El Greco.

(1541-1614)

 

Born as Doménikos Theotokópoulos on the Greek island of Crete, El Greco was a student of the artist Titian, and became the most prominent artist of the Spanish Renaissance.

El Greco spent most of his life in Spain, and made significant contributions to expressionism and cubism throughout his career as an artist.

 

Read a more detailed biography here, and here.

 

 

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Here’s a crossword puzzle on the Renaissance.

Here’s a slideshow of his major works of art from the BBC.

Check out Walker Art Center’s collection of educational resources.
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Click here to learn how the Renaissance began, what Humanism is, and take a quiz on it all at Ducksters.com

 

 

Here’s a great documentary on El Greco’s life and works.

 

 

Here’s a short video from Rick Steves about the city of Toledo, and the Art of El Greco.

 

 

 

 

Christ driving the Traders from the Temple

c. 1600, Oil painting.

 

This painting is based on an incident narrated in all four gospels of the New Testament, where Jesus drives the tax collectors from the temple.

 

Click here to read from the bible verses.

 

 Read more about this painting, and watch a video here.

 

This piece is kept at the National Gallery in London, England. Click here to check out their website!

 

 

 

 

The Holy Trinity

Oil on canvas.

c. 1577-1579.

 

Here’s El Greco gives us his representation of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

 

This piece is kept at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Click here to check out this website!

 

 

 

 

 

Adoration of the Shepherds

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Oil on canvas.

c. 1612-14.

 

El Greco actually painted this representation of the shepherds meeting baby Jesus in his own tomb.

One of the best things about this work is the use of light, where the angels seem to actually be shining a light on baby Jesus.

 

This piece is kept at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, Spain. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an awesome video analysis from Khan Academy!

 

 

 

 

St. Veronica

Oil on canvas.

c. 1579.

 

This work is based on the legend of Saint Veronica.

According to the legend, Saint Veronica used her cloth to wipe blood and sweat off the face of Jesus Christ while he carried the cross to his crucifixion.

The blood and sweat left an imprint of his face, and later on the cloth was said to have healing and miraculous powers.

 

This painting is kept at the Museo de Santa Cruz, Toledo, Spain. 

 

 

 

 

View of Toledo

Oil on canvas.

c. 1596-1600.

 

Landscape paintings were an uncommon style of painting during El Greco’s time.

He was thought to be possibly the first Spanish artist to paint any landscape pictures during the Renaissance.

 

This piece is kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Click here to check out their website!

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of An Old Man

Oil on canvas.

c. 1590-1600.

 

This portrait has always been assumed to be El Greco’s self portrait in his mid-50’s. Truth is, nobody knows for sure.

 

This piece is kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Click here to check out their website!

 

 

 

 

The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind

 Oil on canvas.

c. 1570.

 

This painting shows us a scene from the Bible, where Jesus heals a blind man on the streets.

 

This piece is kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Click here to check out their website!

 

Here’s an animated video of this story from the Bible.

 

 

 

 

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