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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:El_Greco_-_Portrait_of_a_Man_-_WGA10554.jpg El Greco was a painter sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He is one of the few old painters who enjoy widespread popularity. El Greco was a special artist because his works of art rejected the materialist culture of modern life. He was considered to be the quintessential Spaniard and a proto-modern, a painter who works through their spirit and feelings. El Greco was born in Crete (a Venetian territory) and moved to Venice, Italy in 1567. While in Venice El Greco learned many different styles of Renaissance painting. One of his finest works that shows El Greco’s creative and unique style is The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind. Later in El Greco’s career he moved to Spain in 1576. While in Spain El Greco became to receive the type of fame that an artist of his caliber should have. In Spain El Greco settled into the city of Toledo where he created a magnificent landscape called the View of Toledo. In the ancient city of Toledo El Greco received the opportunity from Diego de Castilla, dean of Toledo Cathedral, to paint three altarpieces for the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo. Also, El Greco created his a famous work called Espolio (The Disrobing of Christ) while in Toledo. El Greco was a very influential artist of his time. He created a lasting presence in the history of art. He gave rise to a new way of looking at art by using the spirit and thoughts to create works of art.

Espolio (The Disrobing of Christ)

View of Toledo

The Miracle of Christ Healing the Blind
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/grec/hd_grec.htm

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