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  • Publisher: National Gallery London
  • Publishing date: 01/10/2003
  • Language: Français
  • ISBN-13: 9781857099331
  • ISBN: 1857099338


El Greco (1541-1614), born Domenikos Theotokopoulos, was one of the most fascinating and distinctive artists of the sixteenth century. His works are immediately recognizable for their brilliant colors, elongated figures, and spiritual intensity. Initially trained in Crete, in around 1567 El Greco moved to Italy where he purportedly studied with Titian. A decade later he is documented in Toledo (south of Madrid), and he spent the rest of his long life in Spain. His paintings and writings offer a thoughtful, frequently inspired response to the varied environments in which he worked-and they reveal that he was deeply engaged with the religious and artistic thinking of his times. This lavishly illustrated book-the first comprehensive English-language publication on El Greco in many years-addresses the full range of the artist's work in painting and sculpture, from his Byzantine icons to his late altarpieces. It considers his personality from both a religious and intellectual point of view, and presents the artist's religious, mythological, genre, landscape, and portrait works, providing the historical context in which they were made.

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  • A genius of major status!
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    "As certain as the payment I receive is inferior respect the value of my sublime work, is also that my name will take across to posterity as the one of the greatest genius of the painting." El Greco is one of the most controversial, admired and weird figures in the story of the plastic arts. From Crete, he takes across to the Renaissance Italy; he will meet Ticiano; and eventually with Tintoretto, being in contact with Miguel Angel. This brief but fruitful influence will constitute for him the basic training to get start his primary genius. His particular style, consisting in the use of stylized figures to remark the spiritual tension, the use of cold colors (blue, green, metallic gray and a very clear yellow) the use of the human masses, volumes and colors to underline dramatic aspects. To my mind, El Greco' s portentous dimension must be seen over and over again, to understand even more similar approaches in the Gothic art and with minor exuberance in the Byzantine art. The employment of lengthened figures was even more important than the same reality, because it was equivalent to a plastic language, able to express spiritual values with genuine grandness. The text is relevant because it explores with minuteness fundamental, determining and clever aspects of this genius. Go for it without dilation.

  • El Greco-The National Gallery
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    This book is a marvel. The full color pictures of the View of Toledo, The Crucifixion, The Martyr of Saint Maurice and the Baptism of Christ are worth the price paid. The text describes how the Latin West, Eastern Orthodox-Greek and Islam coexisted in the 16th century. This book would be perfect for historians, artists, cultural enthusiasts and a wide constituency of scholars in almost every area of formal academe.

  • A Beautiful Collection
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    It is about time that a book come out on the brillian artist that is Domenikos Theonopolis! Ever since I visited Spain in 1994 I have been an avid fan of El Greco but sadly have been unable to find any books on him until now. This is a wonderful book celebrating the prolific works of this genius. It is a beautiful collection full of amazingly colored images and information about El Greco. Whether an avid fan or just wanting to learn more about this artist, this book is an excellent resource.

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