El Greco was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation. He married Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting. El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism.
About El Greco in brief
El Greco was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting. El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. He painted the Dormition of the Virgin of Cretan near the end of his life. He died in Toledo, Spain, on 7 April 1614, and is buried in the San Sebastian Cathedral in Madrid. He was known by his nickname, ‘ElGreco’, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Doménikos Theotokópoulos, often adding the word ‘Krēs’ (Cretan) or ‘Krystos’ (Greek). He was a well-known painter and sculptor, but some believe he was also a practicing Roman Catholic. He left a library of 130 volumes at his death, including the Bible in Greek and an annotated Vasari book. His paintings are considered to be one of the most important works of art of the 16th century. His life story is the subject of the film ElGreco, which is based on his life story and was co-written by his brother Manoússos, a wealthy merchant and tax collector.
The film was released in 1998 and has been hailed as a masterpiece of art and culture. It is the first of a series of films based on the life of the artist, which will include The Godfather, The Last Temptation of King George III, and The Life and Adventures of Van Cortlandt, as well as The Art of Pablo Picasso, among other works. The Coppola family is also known as the “Coppola clan” for its association with the Coppolas, a family of Italian painters and sculptors. The family was originally from Chania, Greece, but moved to Candia in 1526, after an uprising against the Catholic Venetians between 1526 and 1528. Most scholars believe that his family was almost certainly Greek Orthodox, although some Catholic sources still claim him from birth. Some assert that like many Orthodox emigrants to Catholic areas of Europe, he may have transferred to Catholicism after his arrival and possibly practiced as a Catholic in Spain, where he described himself as a \”devout Catholic\” in his will. The extensive archival research conducted since the early 1960s by scholars, such as Nikolaos Panayotakis and Nikolaos Prevelis, indicates strongly that El GreCo’s ancestors were Greek Orthodox. The name of his uncles was an Orthodox priest, and his name is not mentioned in the Catholic archival baptismal records on Crete.