El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos)
1541-1614, Greece, Spanish Renaissance
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"I paint because the spirits whisper madly inside my head"
BIO
El Greco's life and work were marked by a deep underlying devotion to God. Compelled as a young man to become an artist, he mastered a longstanding tradition of Byzantine icon art, yet by the time he eventually settled in Spain his inspiration was largely drawn from the burgeoning Italian and Spanish Renaissances. Although his early ambitions were to become a court painter, his individual style that began to emerge i ...
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