El Greco – Exhibition at the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels





Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels



El Greco
Domenikos Theotokopoulos 1900
04.02 > 09.05.2010


A fascinating overview of the painter’s artistic development via a unique selection of outstanding works





El Greco


El Greco
San Juan Evangelista / Saint John the Evangelist
Ca. 1610-1614
oil on canvas
© Toledo, Museo del Greco





Regarded today as one of the founders of the Spanish School of painting, El Greco has not, however, always enjoyed that lofty status. At the time of his death in Toledo in 1614, Europe was wildly enthusiastic about the then fashionable naturalism of the Caravaggesque style, poles apart from his own brilliant Mannerism.

El Greco’s work soon went out of fashion and remained relatively neglected down the centuries – until 1908, when the art historian Manuel Bartolomé Cossío devoted a key monograph to him. The El Greco craze took off immediately. In 1910 a discerning art collector, the Marqués de la Vega-Inclán, even established a museum in his honour in Toledo. The painter’s fame, accordingly, flourished anew, as rapidly as it had been extinguished.

In addition to outlining the key role played by those responsible for this spectacular rediscovery, the exhibition presents a fascinating overview of the painter’s artistic development via a unique selection of outstanding works, including the stunning The Disrobing of Christ and the striking The Tears of Saint Peter.


El Greco


El Greco
San Pedro en lágrimas / The Tears of Saint Peter
Ca.1587-1620
oil on canvas
© Toledo, Museo del Greco

El Greco


El Greco
La Sagrada Familia / The Holy Family with Saint Anne
Ca. 1585
oil on canvas
© Toledo, Museo de Santa Cruz depósito de la Parroquia de San Nicóla de Bari)

El Greco


El Greco
The Crucifixion
1610-1614
oil on canvas
© Toledo, Museo de Santa Cruz (Depósito de la Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari, Toledo)


The highlight of the exhibition is El Greco’s final series of Apostles, his artistic testament: a complete, astonishingly modern series, remarkable for its totally free forms and its extraordinarily bright colours.

After this visit to the Centre for Fine Arts the series will return to the Museo de El Greco in Toledo, which it will never leave again.







Courtesy BOZART
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~ by Stampfli & Turci on February 1, 2010.

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