The Spanish Golden Age from Greco to Velázquez

The Spanish Golden Age from Greco to Velázquez


The construction of the Escorial marks the commonly accepted beginning of the Spanish Siglo de Oro, which ended with the accession of the Bourbon kings to the throne, still at the royal monastery of the Escorial, with a high point in 1635 when the new Buen Retiro palace was built in ...
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Dimensions :
24,7 x 32,8 x 2,7 cm
Museum :
Grand Palais
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Domínikos Theotokópoulos, called El Greco (1541-1614)

El Greco was born around 1541 in Crete, which was then part of the Republic of Venice. In his mid-twenties, he went to Venice and studied with Titian, the most famous painter of his time. At around the age of 35, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked all his life, producing his best-known paintings. His works of this period are considered as precursors of expressionism and cubism. We remember above all his elongated and tortured characters, often of a religious nature, whose style disconcerted his contemporaries but helped to establish his reputation in the years to come.