El Greco By Annie DeWaters

El Greco was born in Crete, Greece in 1541 and died in Toledo, Spain in 1614. He spent most of his life in Spain, where most of his famous artworks were created. As a child he grew up in Crete and then when he turned 20 he traveled to Venice, Italy to study about reniassance art and was taught by Titian, the greatest painter of the time. In 1572 he moved to Rome and joined a painter's academy and established a studio. Greco was a sculpture and a painter and his style of artwork reflected on what kind of Patrons he had like for example they were normally primarily learned churchman or people with affirmed Catholic beliefs. Greco's style has both expressionism and cubicism in it, expressionism because he paints with these colors to add emotion and passion into it and he painted a lot of events, biblical or non biblical, and painted them through his perspective, and cubicism because his style also contains very intracate designs that help to open up the paintings more and make them different and special and eye opening. He has so many paintings that all are so beautiful in their own way, and some of my favorites are the View of Toledo which is such an amazing piece, it is absolutely gorgeous.

Then there is The Holy Trinity, which represents Jesus in the arms of god and it is very detailed.

The last example of one of his famous paintings would be the Opening of the Fifth Seal, and this painting is very interesting because it is nothing I have seen before, but again, very beautiful in its own way and in its own meaning behind it. This version though is not the actual creation by Greco, it is actually done by Kieth Mayerson, but Kieth did a replica of Greco's work.

But, out of these three stunning pieces there is one that is my favorite and such a special piece beyond so many reasons.

This beautiful masterpiece is called Cristo Abrazado a la Cruz (Christ Carrying the Cross). It was created in 1580 and is located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, http://www.metmuseum.org/. The signifigance of this painting is that it displays such a special and magnificent appeal to it. People who do not even have to be religious and believe in Christ, but because His story is a popular one and the reason why Christianity exists, it is easy to understand but those who are Christian then this painting touches them at an ever deeper perspective. This story of Christ is a beautiful one and even by looking at His face and looking up at the sky, I can assume he is seeing God, His face is so calm as he is holding His cross and wearing the crown of thorns. Greco used to oil paints to make this and it is shown by looking at the texture and colors that come along with it. The "isms" that are best linked to this picture would be perspectivism, because it has depth and the way Greco drew the cross it is three dimensional, and it has idealism because it is a simple and clear piece but has such an emotional and amazing backstory that appears the longer you analyze it. El Greco was brilliant making this, and personally I picked this piece as my favorite because even though I am not Christian I know His story, and I think it is a beautiful one and Greco displays this beauty in this painting.

Work Cited Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X2nBfqBl2Oy8pE9mdEQsxrdfj59aT6cRZDsx6suCP5s/edit

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