El Greco : Ambition and Defiance
A beautifully produced book exploring El Greco's constant reinvention and professional drive
Renowned for a singular artistic vision, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco (1541-1614), developed his distinctive painting style as he assiduously pursued professional success. This fresh and engaging survey of El Greco's work explores varied aspects of the artist's career-his aesthetic education in Italy, the mixed reception of his mature works in Spain, his uncompromising approach to business, and the baroque logistics of his Toledo workshop-and reveals the depth of El Greco's astounding ambition. The impressive volume focuses in particular on his 1577-79 altarpiece paintings for the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo-among them the magnificent Assumption of the Virgin-which heralded the artist's arrival in Spain after productive periods of formation and re-formation in Crete, Venice, and Rome.
Lavishly illustrated and clothbound with gilded edges, this publication features reproductions and scholarly discussions of more than 60 works ranging from large-scale canvases to intimate panels, with essays that elucidate the motives and meanings behind the artist's constantly changing and inventive approach.
- Author: Rebecca J Long
- Hardcover: 200 pages | 148 colour illustration
- Date published: March 2020
- Language: English
- Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
- ISBN: 978-0300250824
- Product Dimensions: 33.0 x 22.9 cm