El Greco was a Greek artist whose painting and sculpture helped define the Spanish Renaissance and influence various movements such as Expressionism and Cubism.
El Greco was born around 1541 in Crete, which was then part of the Republic of Venice. In his mid-twenties, he traveled to Venice and studied the works of Master artist - Titian, who was the most renowned painter of his day. Around age 35, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked for the rest of his life.
Fusing Byzantine traditions with Western art, El Greco is noted for his extended figures and often fanciful pigmentation and because of this many modern scholars believe that El Greco is a truly unique artist who broke the rules of all conventional schools.
Many artists and scholars regard El Greco as one of the finest painters of Spain, if not all of Western Art.
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