Monday, January 26, 2015
St. Agnes and El Greco
The painting above called the Madonna and Child is featured at
the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in the El Greco exhibit, www.nga.gov November 2, 2014 - February 16, 2015. It is one of seven of El Greco's paintings exhibited to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of his death (1541-1614). The painting commissioned for the St. Joseph Chapel in Toledo, Spain includes St. Agnes with the lamb and St. Martina with the palm branch and the lion.The Madonna and Child is part of the permanent Widener collection at the National Gallery of Art. Other El Greco paintings in the exhibit are on loan.
El Greco was born on the island of Crete. He was trained in the Byzantine art of icon painting. In his twenties he moved to Venice to study Renaissance painting and later he went on to Rome hoping to acquire a few large commissions. He was very gifted as a painter, mastering the style of Venetian artists Titian and Tintoretto. He however preferred to paint in a style that combined elements of icon painting with western styles infused with his own vision of elongated figures and bright colors. Many of his paintings are of religious subjects. It was not until he moved to Toledo, Spain that his work was appreciated by a patron willing and able to pay for his work. You can view more of his paintings online at the National Gallery of Art's website and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's site, www.metmuseum.org The Met is also featuring sixteen of El Greco's paintings to celebrate his four hundredth anniversary, November 4, 2014 - February 1, 2015.