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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:10 am

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El Greco: Self portrait (1604)
El Greco (medieval Castilian for "the Greek") is the popular name for Dominikos Theotokópoulos (1541, Fodele or Candia (now Heraklion), Crete – April 7, 1614, Toledo, Spain), a Cretan Greek painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation.
El Greco referred to himself not as a craftsman or painter, but rather as an artist-philosopher because he was guided by his underlying religious principles. His works are all very intense to the viewer. The strong spiritual emotion transfers from painting directly to the audience. A fantastic example of his religious fervor is in the painting, "Saint Francis in Prayer." His strange art has had many wonder if he was insane or suffered from eye problems, such as astigmatism, but in actuality it simply reflected the strong Christian influence in Spain during the time.

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:20 am

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A Lady in a Fur Wrap
1577-80
Art Gallery & Museums Kelvingrove, Glasgow

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:21 am

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St Sebastian
1577-78
Museo Catedralicio, Palencia

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:22 am

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Mary Magdalen in Penitence
1578-80
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachussetts

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:22 am

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Julián Romero de las Azanas and his Patron Saint
1585-90
Museo del Prado, Madrid

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:23 am

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Portrait of a man

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:23 am

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Apostles Peter and Paul
1592
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

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St Louis, King of France, with a Page
1592-95
Musée du Louvre, Paris

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Post  Admin on Tue Nov 27, 2007 4:24 am

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Saint Francis Praying

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