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El Greco: 400 Years After: Introduction: The Critical Fortune of El Greco: Causes and Effects, Part 1

Felix Monguilot Benzal, docent, Borghese Gallery, Rome, and Kress Interpretive Fellow (2012 – 2013), National Gallery of Art. Recorded on March 22, 2014, at the National Gallery of Art, this symposium explores the art and legacy of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (known as El Greco, 1541-1614). The 400th anniversary of the artist is being celebrated by exhibitions and programming throughout 2014. Born on the Greek island of Crete, El Greco spent the majority of his adult life in Toledo, Spain, and became known as the Greek from Toledo. An international panel of El Greco scholars provides an in-depth study of the artist’s career, focusing on his early years in Greece and Italy and his renowned work completed in Toledo. The Gallery is also presenting an exhibition titled El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration from Washington Area Collections, on view from November 2, 2014, through February 16, 2015. This program was coordinated with and supported by SPAIN arts & culture.