The High Renaissance




El Greco


El Greco

(b Candia [now Herakleion], Crete, c. 1541; d Toledo, 7 April 1614).

Greek painter, designer and engraver, active in Italy and Spain. One of the most original and interesting painters of 16th-century Europe, he transformed the Byzantine style of his early paintings into another, wholly Western manner. He was active in his native Crete, in Venice and Rome, and, during the second half of his life, in Toledo. He was renowned in his lifetime for his originality and extravagance and provides one of the most curious examples of the oscillations of taste in the evaluation of a painter, and of the changes of interpretation to which an artist’s work can be submitted.


St Francis Receiving the Stigmata

Tempera on panel, 28,8 x 20,6 cm
Private collection



The Annunciation

c. 1570
Tempera on panel, 26,7 x 20 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid



The Last Supper

c. 1568
Oil on panel, 43 x 52 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna


The Adoration of the Shepherds

Oil on canvas, 114 x 105 cm
Private collection


The Purification of the Temple

c. 1570
Oil on poplar panel, 65 x 83 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington


The Purification of the Temple
c. 1570
Oil on poplar panel
National Gallery of Art, Washington


Christ Healing the Blind

Oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cm
Galleria Nazionale, Parma


Giulio Clovio

Oil on canvas, 58 x 86 cm
Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples


Mount Sinai

Oil and tempera on panel, 41 x 47,5 cm
Historical Museum of Crete, Iraklion

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