El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

November 2, 2014 – February 16, 2015

West Building Main Floor

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), 
Greek, 1541–1614,Christ Cleansing the Temple, probably before 1570, oil on panel, 
Samuel H. Kress Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), 
Laocoön, c. 1610/1614,
 oil on canvas, Samuel H. Kress Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos),
 Madonna and Child with Saint Martina and Saint Agnes, 1597/1599, oil on canvas, Widener Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Saint Ildefonso, c. 1603/1614, 
oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), Saint Jerome, c. 1610/1614, 
oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos),
 Saint Martin and the Beggar, c. 1600/1614,
 oil on canvas, Andrew W. Mellon Collection

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    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos),
 The Holy Family with Saint Anne and the Infant John the Baptist, c. 1595/1600, oil on canvas,
 Samuel H. Kress Collection

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Artwith one of the largest number of the artist’s works in the United Statespresents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings. From the early and derivative Cleansing of the Temple (before 1570) to the boldly innovative Laocoön (c. 1610/1614), his only mythological work, the exhibition includes 11 paintings from the Gallery and other Washington-area collections. A selection of devotional works illustrates El Greco’s role as artist of the Counter-Reformation, and two versions of Saint Martin and the Beggar shed light on his commercial practices. The exhibition attests to El Greco’s special importance to American collectors of the last century, including Henry Walters, Mildred and Robert Bliss, Duncan Phillips, and the Gallery’s founding benefactors Andrew W. Mellon, Samuel H. Kress, Peter A. B. Widener, Joseph E. Widener, and Chester Dale.

Organization: The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art.

Image:  El Greco, Laocoön, c. 1610/1614, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1946.18.1