A Brief Analysis Of El Greco

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Nathan Motley
Mr. Kazcmarek
World Civilizations
17 April 2014

El Greco
Although El Greco is best known for his paintings, El Greco changed the world with his unique religious works, mythological works and sculptures. El Greco is the greatest Renaissance artist because of his thinking-out-of-the-box style of art and different view on art than other artists.

El Greco was born in an unknown city of Crete in the year of 1541. El Greco's real and full birth name is Doménikos Theotokópoulos. His nickname, El Greco, comes from where he was born, Crete. He signed all of his paintings with his nickname which translates to "The Greek". This was suspected to be given to him by his fellow citizens because of where he was born. El Greco spoke Spanish and Greek, which helped his art to be understood. Even though El Greco is ultimately one of the greatest and most influential artists of his time, he had no known formal training in art. El Greco studied under Titian and others like Tintoretto and Michelangelo who influenced his art along with his birthplace and the current post-byzantine era art styles (getty). It is possible that El Greco had a wife, Jeronima de las Cuevas, a woman who lived with him. While they were probably not a married couple, they did have a child together, Jorge Manvel, who later followed in his father's footsteps and became a painter.

El Greco was one of the first artists of his era to use the art style, Mannerism. Mannerism is a 16th style of art where the artist uses (in their art) elongated fingers, loosely free brushwork, expressive lighting, and smart color choices (dictionary). El Greco was a forerunner in Mannerism because
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many fellow artists never attempted this style. El Greco's art style shows the strong, deep Catholic faith of Spain, which can be seen in his artwork. One of El Greco's artworks, Portrait of a Cardinal, he
expresses his religious and artistic views and styles ("El Greco," Renaissance Encyclopedia). El Greco has had many influences on a lot of artists through his styles, views and independent leadership in the art world. El Greco inspired other fellow artists like Rainer Maria Rilke, Nikos Kazantzakis, Eugene Delacroix, Edovard Manet, Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock among many big artist names (artble). The many artists who studied El Greco's work, used his techniques and use of space as well as distortion of bodies, connection of colors, use of highlights and more in their work to visually enhance it (artic).

El Greco has done many famous pieces and artworks over his numerous decades as an artist. One very famous piece that was done by one of Greco's fellow artists was Michelangelo's Last Judgement and there are some rumors surrounding its creation. The painting was almost decommisioned by Pope Pius because he did not approve of the nudity in the piece. El Greco said that he could create one, equally good, if Michelangelo's was destroyed (getty). Assumption of the...

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