El Greco

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El Greco 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 to school. 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 Continue...


Some thought his paintings were a non realstic stlye and distorted and that the 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 the work of a genius. Jorge was trained as a painter and architect and became his father's partner beginning around 1500. He lived with her there after and never married. He was not the madman nor the excessive original that people have thought him to be. He lived in a large palace in Toledo owned by the Marquios of Villena. He had gone to venice to develop his talent as a painter and learn about Italian art. This even led to arguments with customers about the price of his works. After this point the next record of El Greco was August 18, 1568 in Venice. He did not associate with other artists, but with scholars, poets and priests. He made a good income as a painter but was a poor manage of his finances. They had a son named Jorge manuel in 1578.