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Lived/Active: Spain      Known for: painting, sculpture, architecture

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BIOGRAPHY for El Greco
1541 (Crete, Republic of Venice)
1614 (Toledo, Spain)


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The Greek was what they called the painter in Toledo, Spain, and although he often signed his real name in full (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), it was in Greek characters which, we may imagine, few of his patrons could read.  It was as if he wished to emphasize that he was a stranger in a strange land. He was a learned and music-loving man, born in Crete, a Venetian dependency,  in 1541.  Early in his life he was  trained to be a maker of sacred images. He was schooled in Veni (showing 500 of 3022 characters).

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