El Greco (Domenicos Theotokopoulos), 1541-1614 EL GRECO PASSIONATE VISIONARY One of he greatest Spanish painters“ but was Greek by birth El Greco" Castilian for "The Greek“ . Almost nothing known about his early life. Spent most of his life in the Toledo area of Spain – extremely pious, cultured man, his very intense, spiritual works are famed for their tortuously elongated figures. Self Portrait Christ Healing the Blind Man. 1560s. Oil on panel. Alte Meister Gallerie, Dresden, Germany El Greco. Annunciation. Before 1570. Tempera on panel. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain. elongated figures, ever straining upward, intense and unusual colors, Passionate and energetic. El Greco. Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple. c.1570. Oil on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA. El Greco. Mary Magdalen in Penitence. c. 1577. Oil on canvas. Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA His artistic roots are diverse: he traveled between Venice, Rome, and Spain (settling in Toledo). The Christian doctrines of Spain made a crucial impact on his approach to painting, and his art represents a blend of passion and restraint, religious fervor and Neo-Platonism, influenced by the mysticism of the Counter-Reformation. View of Toledo c. 1597 (180 Kb); Oil on canvas, 121.3 x 108.6 cm (47 3/4 x 42 3/4 in); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York The Adoration of the Shepherds 1612-14 (230 Kb); Oil on canvas, 319 x 180 cm (125 5/8 x 70 7/8"); Museo del Prado, Madrid Portrait of a Cardinal c. 1600 (160 Kb); Oil on canvas, 180.8 x 108 cm (67 1/4 x 42 1/2 in); The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Baptism of Christ 1597-1600 Oil on canvas, 350 x 144 cm; Museo del Prado, Madrid The Holy Trinity 1577 Oil on canvas, 300 x 179 cm (118 1/8 x 70 1/2"); Museo del Prado, Madrid L a o c o o n 1 6 1 0 The statue of Laocoön and His Sons, also called the Laocoön Group shows the Trojan priest Laocoön and his sons being strangled by sea serpents. The opening of the Fifth Seal of the Apocalypse c. 1608-14 Oil on canvas, 224.5 x 192.8 cm (88 1/2 x 76 in); Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Assumption of the Virgin. 1577-1579. Oil on canvas. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA. St.Peter in Tears. c. 1580-1585. Oil on canvas. The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Couty Durham, UK The tears of St. Peter 1603-1607 Oil on canvas 102 x 84 cm Hospital de San Juan Bautista de Afuera, Toledo The Martyrdom of St. Maurice. 1580s. Oil on canvas. Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania The Resurrection. 1584-1594. Oil on canvas. Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain Christ Carrying the Cross. c. 1590-1595. Oil on canvas. Oscar B. Cintas Foundation, NY, USA The Agony in the Garden. c.1595. Oil on canvas. Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, USA The Agony in the Garden. 16051610. Oil on canvas. Szepmuveseti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary Christ on the Cross with Landscapes. c. 1605-1610. Oil on canvas. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA El Greco - Self Portrait as Saint Luke c1604 (one of the Portraits of the Apostles in the Sacristy of Toledo Cathedral) The Burial of Count Orgaz. c.1586. Oil on canvas. Church of San Tomé, Toledo, Spain El Greco was buried in the Church of St. Thomé.