El Greco paintings were highly original and inspirational and this website features a whole host of the finest El Greco paintings alongside further information on the life of the artist himself, who was originally known as Doménikos Theotokópoulos.
El Greco produced several key religious paintings during his career and this underlines the strength of religious institutions at that time who could afford expensive commissions for the most respected artists of that time.
You can also find more El Greco paintings here.
El Greco was born in Crete in 1541 and built a career which achieved in the fields of Painting, sculpture and architecture, with key paintings including El Espolio, The Assumption of the Virgin, The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, View of Toledo, Opening of the Fifth Seal and The Agony in the Garden.
El Greco was in his thirties when he started to paint some of his career highlights and View of Toledo is his best known of all, covering a stylish landscape painting that depicts the city where he spent many years up to his death in 1614.
El Greco paintings are included throughout this website and alongside each are links to where to can buy your own reproduction copies, with El Greco paintings becoming increasingly popular as fixtures within homes across the world as framed art prints, posters and stretched canvases.
The links take you through to Art.com, who are our recommended art retailer and who we have used several times ourselves. The style of El Greco is typically more suitable to framed giclee art prints which recreate the original colours the most accurately.
View of Toledo, seen above, is a highly innovative painting whose style was very unusual for the time, featuring a truly emotional scene that goes far beyond just the more realist artists who dominated the first centuries after the Middle Ages where the renaissance and baroque periods were in full flow.
The most dramatic part of the painting is the aggressive sky which hangs threateningly over the cityscape of Toledo which itself is a charming city featuring some splendid, historic architecture.
El Greco is believed to have painted the above self portrait of himself and it remains one of the few images of the artist himself, as is the way for most whose careers were as long ago as the 16th century when photography and media was relatively unheard of and an artist's reputation would struggle to cross geographical boundaries except in extreme cases.
The approach of El Greco in adding more emotional elements to his paintings helped further encourage new art movements within later centuries such as Cubism and Expressionism which took the ideas of artists like El Greco and took them even further.
El Greco moved to Italy where he realised that his career could go up to a new level through exposure to other artists who were helping Italy at the time to lead the European art scene.
Besides the artists around at that time, El Greco was also able to study those who had recently gone before as their techniques offered new ideas to the Greek painter and could be easily studied from within the major religious institutions across the country at that time, with museums and galleries just something that would later appear.