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El Greco Art Prints

El Greco ("The Greek" 1541 – 7 April 1614) was a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He usually signed his paintings in Greek letters with his full name, Doménicos Theotokópoulos. The most unusual painter in 16th-century Europe, El Greco combined the strict Byzantine style of his homeland, Greece, with influences received during his studies in Venice and the medieval tradition of the country where he worked, Spain. He was born in Candia, on the island of Crete. Nothing is known of his parentage. He was trained as icon-maker in a monastery; he then went to Venice (soon after 1560), where Titian became his greatest mentor. El Greco, however, obtained very little influence from his master; but a certain influence of Bassano, Baroccio, Veronese, and Tintoretto could be felt but on the whole his works are very individual and distinct. In 1570, El Greco went by way of Parma (where he appreciated Correggio) to Rome, where he met Michelangelo. He criticized his "Last Judgment" severely, and offered to produce a better composition. But, on the whole Michelangelo and the Central Italian Mannerists stimulated him. The works of his Italian period are very different in style. Around 1576, the painter went to Spain. At first he was in the service of Philip II and he stayed in Toledo until his death. In 1586, he painted his famous "The Burial of Count Orgaz" (c.1586) for the church of St. Thomé, the success of which brought him a great number of commissions from the Church, the decoration of the new church of St. Domingo el Antiguo among them. He also became a popular portraitist and his painting style always gave rise to much discussion. The life of proud and independent painter demanded constant self-assertion. He rented the palace of Marquis Viliena (present Museum of El Greco in Toledo), collected a valuable library, was very successful in law suites against the church administration. Very brave in Catholic Spain was his union with a young aristocrat Jeronima de las Cuevas, mother of his bastard son Jorjé Manuel, the future Spanish architect. ‘Man of eccentric habits and ideas, of tremendous determination, extraordinary reticence, and extreme devoutness’ he was valued and respected by the intellectuals of Toledo. El Greco was buried in the Church of St. Thomé. He did not have followers, and his art was forgotten for 300 years. The re-discovery of his painting was a sensation; he became one of the most popular masters of the past, his painting rosed the interest of collectors, artists, lovers of art and art historians. El Greco is now regarded as one of the most important representatives of European Mannerism.
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The Pentecost
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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Saints Peter and Paul
by El Greco
12" x 15"
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The Adoration of the Shepherds
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Coronation of the Virgin
by El Greco
24" x 18"
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St Dominic in Prayer
by El Greco
12" x 16"
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The Disrobing of Christ
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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St. Joseph and the Christ Child
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Adoration of the Name of Jesus, c.1578
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Annunciation II
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Immaculate Conception
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Resurrection
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Tears of St Peter
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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St. Jude Thaddeus, 1606
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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St. Francis of Assisi
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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Christ's Agony in the Garden
by El Greco
12" x 18"
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Saint Paul, the Apostle
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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St. Jerome
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple, c.1600
by El Greco
24" x 18"
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St.Veronica with the Holy Shroud
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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The Annunciation 1596-1600
by El Greco
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Jesus Driving the Merchants from the Temple
by El Greco
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St. Sebastian
by El Greco
18" x 24"
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Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, c. 1577-1584
by El Greco
18" x 23"
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Saint Peter
by El Greco
12" x 25"
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Saint Louis, King of France, and a Pageboy
by El Greco
12" x 15"
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Saint Joseph and the Christ Child
by El Greco
12" x 24"
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Fabula, c. 1600
by El Greco
12" x 9"
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The Healing of the Blind Man
by El Greco
20" x 16"
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Last Supper
by El Greco
10" x 8"
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Boy Blowing over Hot Carbon
by El Greco
12" x 15"
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Tears of Saint Peter
by El Greco
10" x 13"
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Apostle Saint Peter, 1602-05
by El Greco
12" x 15"
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Apostle Saint Thomas, 1602-05
by El Greco
12" x 15"
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Saint Jerome as a Cardinal
by El Greco
12" x 16"
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Saint Martin and the Begger 1597-99
by El Greco
13" x 19"
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