El Greco

El Greco El Greco was born 1541 and died 1614 in Toledo at age 73. He was named at birth Domeniko’s TheotoKopoulos. He was Born in Candia, the capital of the island of Crete, off the coast of Greece. Nothing is certain is known of the first twenty five years of El Greco’s life, except that he lived on Crete and became a painter. It is thought from later events in his life that El Greco recieved a sound education in letters. He came from a family of middle or upper classes, which could afford to send their children to school.He studied under a master named Titian and Tentonetto.

He was not self taught. June 6, 1566 is the first record of El Greco’s existence as a painter. On this day Maistro Menegos Theotokopoulos signed a sale in a lottery (sale) for one of his pictures.

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After this point the next record of El Greco was August 18, 1568 in Venice. He had gone to venice to develop his talent as a painter and learn about Italian art.He later left Italy or Spain to earn a better sale on paintings. El Greco had a Venetian apprentice ship and trained him well in divining the personalities of his models and had given him a serious approach to his subjects.

He was not the madman nor the excessive original that people have thought him to be. He was an enthusiastic colorist. He was fond of unusual tones. He sacrificed everything in his search for effects.Despite his mistakes, El Greco canonly be considered as a great painter. He had an unusual style as the work of a genius.

After his arrival in Toledo (July 1577) he formed a relationship with a woman named Jeronima de las Cueuns. He lived with her there after and never married. They had a son named Jorge manuel in 1578.Jorge was trained as a painter and architect and became his father’s partner beginning around 1500. Little is known about El Greco. He made a good income as a painter but was a poor manage of his finances. He was often in debt. He lived in a large palace in Toledo owned by the Marquios of Villena.

He did not associate with other artists, but with scholars, poets and priests. He worked on treatises concerning the arts of painting. El Greco was known for his quick wit and intelligence, his pride and arrogance. This even led to arguments with customers about the price of his works.

He created wonderful masterpieces of painting in a style that deserves to be called original and unconventional.Some thought his paintings were a non realstic stlye and distorted and that the figures in them were gaunt and haggard. Some felt he painted modern art, to the spaniards he was a cultural hero and painted their own national religions spirit. He will always be known as an old master who spoke in modern work. His works distorted the tones of painting, the human body, and landscape to make all see what point he was making about a person or a scene he was painting.

El Greco is one of the greatest portraitists in the history of painting.