El Greco Greek Artist

Early life

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, was born on the island of Crete in Greece in 1514. He spent most of his time in Toledo Spain, after moving out of Venice because of the plague.


Not much was known about his education, but he came from a wealthy family and was very good reading and had amazing language. His art was influenced by this. He was in Venice for three to four years studying painting with Titian.


El Greco came from a wealthy family which is part of the Greek Orthodox religion. His religion helped inspire his paintings.


He was known for his paintings, he is known as the most original artist of his age. He has highly expressive and visionary religious paintings, and irresistible psychological paintings.


El Greco learned from many great artist such as Titian, Michelangelo and more, but there was no specific person who patronized his work, he was an independent worker.

The Miracle of Christ-1570

This painting can be found in Venice or Rome, he made multiple versions of this.

El Greco painted this inspired by when Christ cure blind men by touching their eyelids. This shows a magical part in time during Christ.


El Greco used Humanism, Idealism and Naturalism. Humanism shows how great a man like Jesus can be. Idealism because it shows the permanence of Jesus. Naturalism, this painting has a lot of color and texture, shows the world as it really is.

I find this piece very interesting because it tells such an amazing story, Jesus Christ anointing the sick (Blind). All the people around him waiting and watching him.


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