Another imaginary trip of my little artist (my daughter) in the world of Art. The reason for that was the second excursion with her school at the picturesque village where Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco).
Domenicos Theotokopoulos was born and grew up in Fodele, near Heraklio, in the island of Crete, circa 1541. He then apprenticed under master painters, the Sinai Friars. Here he was thoroughly trained in the Byzantine tradition of icon painting and was influenced by the Cretan School. It was here that his expressive style was first formed: already at the age of 25 in 1566, he was considered a "master painter". To seek wider horizons and to acquire his fortune, he went first to Venice. He stayed there for about four years and completed his artistic training in the shadow of Titian and the great painters of the High Renaissance such as Tintoretto, Veronenese and Bassano. In about 1570, he went to Rome and worked at architecture and sculpture. His self imposed exile afforded him the opportunity to expand his talent and recognition in Spain, where he first went to Madrid and then to Toledo.
In Madrid, he worked for the Spanish King Philip II in the decoration of the Escorial Palace. In 1577, he left for Toledo to work on the shrine of Santo Domingo el Antiguo. It was here that his genius came to its full flowering, and it was here that he worked ceaselessly until his death in 1614. At the time of his death his works included 115 paintings, 15 sketches and 150 drawings.
- Elena Bebi
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