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El Greco «View and Plan of Toledo»
El Greco, «View and Plan of Toledo»
Painting, 1610-1614


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View and Plan of Toledo


 El Greco

b 1541 as Domenikos Theotocopoulos in Crete (GR)—died 1614 in Toledo (E). Painter, sculptor, and architect who settled in Spain and is regarded as the first great genius of the Spanish School. He was known as El Greco (the Greek); signed his paintings throughout his life, always in Greek characters, and sometimes followed by Kres (Cretan). In 1566 he is referred to in a Cretan document as a master painter; soon afterwards he went to Venice, then in 1570 moved to Rome. By 1577 he was at Toledo, and it was there that he matured his characteristic style in which figures elongated into flame-like forms and usually painted in cold, eerie, bluish colors express intense religious feeling.