El Greco was born 1541 and died 1614 in Toledo at age 73. He was
named at birth Domeniko's TheotoKopoulos. He was Born in Candia, the capital
of the island of Crete, off the coast of Greece.
Nothing is certain is known of the first twenty five years of El Greco's life,
except that he lived on Crete and became a painter. It is thought from later
events in his life that El Greco recieved a sound education in letters. He came
from a family of middle or upper classes, which could afford to send their children
He studied under a master named Titian and Tentonetto. He was not self
taught. June 6, 1566 is the first record of El Greco's existence as a painter. On
this day Maistro Menegos Theotokopoulos signed a sale in a lottery (sal
Some thought his paintings were a non realstic stlye and distorted and thatthe figures in them were gaunt and haggard. He later left Italy or Spain to earn a better sale on paintings. He had an unusual style as thework of a genius. Jorge was trained as apainter and architect and became his father's partner beginning around 1500. He lived with her there after and nevermarried. He was not the madman nor the excessive original that people havethought him to be. He lived in a largepalace in Toledo owned by the Marquios of Villena. He had gone to venice to develop his talent as a painter and learn aboutItalian art. This even led to arguments with customers about the price of hisworks. After this point the next record of El Greco was August 18, 1568 inVenice. He did not associate with other artists, but with scholars, poets and priests. He made a good income as a painter butwas a poor manage of his finances. They had a son named Jorge manuel in 1578.