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El Greco : a prophet of modernism, 1541-1614

Author: Michael Scholz-Hänsel; Greco
Publisher: Köln : Taschen, [2014] ©2014
Series: Basic art series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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El Greco (1541-1614) was born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete in 1541. He arrived in Venice in 1566, where his work was greatly influenced by Titian and Tintoretto. Later he made an offer to the Pope to paint over Michelangelo's "Last Judgement" in the spirit of the Counter Reformation, which so incurred the wrath of Roman artists that a career in Italy was no longer conceivable. El Greco then settled in Spain, in  Read more...
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Named Person: Greco; Greco; #El #Greco
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Scholz-Hänsel; Greco
ISBN: 9783836549844 3836549840
OCLC Number: 864505610
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Notes: Original edition: ©2004 Taschen GmbH.
Description: 96 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm.
Contents: From icon painter to "disciple of Titian" --
In search of work in Rome and Spain --
Under the sway of Michelangelo --
Censorship and Inquisition --
Toledo, the artist's new home --
The Greek heritage in the conflict of confessions --
Posthumous fame in Spain --
The first "homeless man of art" and the avant-garde.
Series Title: Basic art series.
Other Titles: Greco :
Responsibility: Michael Scholz-Hänsel.

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El Greco (1541-1614) was born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete in 1541. He arrived in Venice in 1566, where his work was greatly influenced by Titian and Tintoretto. Later he made an offer to the Pope to paint over Michelangelo's "Last Judgement" in the spirit of the Counter Reformation, which so incurred the wrath of Roman artists that a career in Italy was no longer conceivable. El Greco then settled in Spain, in Toledo, where he received numerous commissions from the Church and the nobility. Between 1586 and 1588 he created a major work of European painting, the monumental "Burial of the Count of Orgaz" for a chapel altar in the parish church of Santo Tome in Toledo. El Greco confined his range of colours to a small number of very expressively used shades, with an evident preference for pale purple, pink, and yellow and greyish tones. He located the iconographical events in a space that he dramatized by means of light and atmospheric phenomena. His oeuvre had a wide-ranging impact on art up to and including modern 20th century painting. Paul Cezanne and later Picasso and the Expressionists regarded El Greco as a prophet of modernism.

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