El Greco Ethan van Heerden


  1. El Greco was born in Candia, Crete, on 1541.
  2. He spent most of his life in Toledo, Spain working on mature pieces of artwork.
  3. El Greco received his artistic training at a Cretan school of arts. The pieces of artwork of Michelangelo and of ancient Greece and Latin also influenced him.
  4. El Greco wanted to make his own mark in the arts so he moved to Rome. After having little success, he then moved to Toledo, Spain where he lived the rest of his life and was very successful.
  5. He painted oil on canvas and some of his most famous works were, Burial of the Count of Orgaz, Allegory of the Holy League, and The Purification of the Temple.
  6. Diego de Catilla, El Greco's patron, also lived in Toledo and commissioned many of his works.
  7. El Greco exemplifies the Renaissance ism of Classicism because when he was learning art, he studied old Greek and Latin pieces.
The Adoration of the Name of Jesus
  1. This piece of artwork was created in 1578 and finished in 1579.
  2. Today, this piece is located in the National Portrait Gallery museum in London.
  3. This piece is significant because it was El Greco's first piece while living in Toledo. Also he uses a technique where the color red is only used for the clothes on angles and people.
  4. I find this piece very interesting because there is a lot going on in it and it conveys how religion is related to real life. In other words, it is about the Spanish using the motivation of Jesus to win a battle against the Turks.

Works Cited

"El Greco Biography." El Greco Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.

El Greco. The Adoration of the Name of Jesus, 1579, oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, London.

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