El Greco

1541 - 1614

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Doménikos Theotokópoulos (Greek: Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος [ðoˈminikos θeotoˈkopulos]; 1 October 1541 – 7 April 1614), most widely known as El Greco ("The Greek"), was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Doménikos Theotokópoulos), often adding the word Κρής (Krēs), Cretan. El Greco was born in the Kingdom of Candia (modern Crete), which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, Italy, and the center of Post-Byzantine art. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of El Greco has received more than 2,056,910 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). El Greco is the 24th most popular painter, the 14th most popular biography from Greece (down from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Greek Painter.

El Greco is most famous for his use of color and the elongated figures in his paintings.

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Among painters, El Greco ranks 24 out of 1,428Before him are Diego Velázquez, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Donatello, and Titian. After him are Jan van Eyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Eugène Delacroix, Hieronymus Bosch, and Wassily Kandinsky.

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Among people born in 1541, El Greco ranks 1After him are Francesco I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pierre Charron, Johann Bauhin, and Jakub Wujek. Among people deceased in 1614, El Greco ranks 1After him are Elizabeth Báthory, Camillus de Lellis, Lavinia Fontana, Pedro Fernandes de Queirós, Mavro Orbini, Marina Mniszech, Pierre de Bourdeille, seigneur de Brantôme, Philipp Ludwig, Count Palatine of Neuburg, Luís Vaz de Torres, Isaac Casaubon, and Felice Anerio.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, El Greco ranks 14 out of 855Before him are Spartacus (-109), Sophocles (-497), Epicurus (-341), Pericles (-494), Democritus (-460), and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921). After him are Philip II of Macedon (-382), Aristophanes (-448), Plutarch (46), Euripides (-480), Kösem Sultan (1590), and Phidias (-490).

Among PAINTERS In Greece

Among painters born in Greece, El Greco ranks 1After him are Giorgio de Chirico (1888), Agatharchus (-500), Nikolaos Gyzis (1842), Jannis Kounellis (1936), Apollodorus (-500), Euphranor (-301), and Amasis Painter (-550).