El Greco By: Mykenzie Kyle

Domenikos Theotokopoulos was born in 1541 in Crete, Greece, and was later given the name El Greco. He moved to the artistic center of Venice Italy around the age of 20, where he was given the name “Il Greco”, which means the Greek, and later converted into El Greco when he moved to Toledo Spain where he spent most of his life. El Greco was forced to flee from Venice and move to Spain because he had criticized Michelangelo's Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel and said that he could do better.

El Greco was a Renaissance man of great culture, familiar with Greek and Latin literature as well as Italian and Spanish. His remarkable library demonstrates his broad humanistic interests. El Greco was apart of the Titian which is an honor, Titian was a leading artist of the Italian Renaissance who painted works for Pope Paul III, King Philip II of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

El Greeco painted for many different people but mostly painted for Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and Diego de Castilla. Some of El Grecos most famous paintings are "The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind", "View of Toledo" and "Opening of the Fifth Seal". El Greco's most popular is probably "The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind".

View of Toledo
Opening of the Fifth Seal

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" was made in 1578 in Venice. There is only one of these paintings and can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan New York. This masterpiece tells the miracle of Christ healing the blind by anointing their eyes which shows how powerful Christ is. Everyone is shown with bright colors, gathered around to watch the miracle which makes it seem like an exciting and cheerful event. The painting is very uplifting and emotional showing the amazement within the mood. This painting interests me because it expresses a happy mood and the miracles Christ is capable of.

The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind

"The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind" shows classicism because El Greco uses columns and arches. Secularism is also shown because it is an important event with a prominent figure. The important event is healing the blind and the prominent figure is Christ. Naturalism is in this painting because El Greco uses bright and colorful oil paints and tones which bring out the exciting mood of the painting.

El Greco. "Portrait of a Man". 1590-1600. Oil paints. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manhattan New York

El Greco. "The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind". 1578. Oil paints. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manhattan New York

El Greco. "View of Toltedo". 1596-1600. Oil Paints. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manhattan New York

El Greco. "Opening of the Fifth Seal". 1608-1614. Oil paints. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Manhattan New York

"El Greco." Encyclopedia of World Biography, Gale, 1998. Biography in Context,Accessed 4 Dec. 2016.

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