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El Greco

Life and Work - A New History

Fernando Marias

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'Consolidates the transformation of our understanding of a great but much misunderstood artist.' The Tablet


Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known to us as El Greco, was one of the seminal figures of the Spanish Golden Age. Born in Crete in 1541 under Venetian rule, raised in the iconographic traditions of Byzantine art, and acquainted with both Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic practice, El Greco went to Venice and Rome in the late Renaissance, before finding patronage in Spain at the court of Philip II.

He was a painter not only of religious subjects, but also of idiosyncratic portraits executed in his own uniquely dramatic and expressionistic style. He spent approximately half his life in Toledo, a city with which his name has become indelibly linked, although he was never fully accepted and was known there as a disputatious outsider.

This magnificent, richly illustrated book, reproduces many recently cleaned and restored paintings, and reveals hitherto unknown facets of El Greco's art.

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'Consolidates the transformation of our understanding of a great but much misunderstood artist'
The Tablet

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 31.0 x 27.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Illustrations: 213

Publication date: 25 November 2013

ISBN: 9780500093771

About the Author

Fernando Marias, Professor of Art History at Madrid’s Universidad Autonoma, has received fellowships from the J. Paul Getty Trust and the National Gallery of Art. He is curator of the major El Greco anniversary exhibition to be held in Toledo in 2014.