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What better name for a hotel than a great artist "El Greco," both combine a number of features that makes them similar: love for perfection and taste for beautiful things, like a masterpiece.

El Greco is the nickname by which it is known popularly Domenikos Theotokopoulos, Spanish Mannerist painter considered the first great genius of Spanish painting. He was born in 1541 in Heraklion, Crete and painted in a late Byzantine style. El Greco was a man of great erudition, fond of classic literature.

Around 1566, he moved to Venice, where he remained until 1570.He was greatly influenced by two of the great masters of the Renaissance. Assimilating the color of Titian, and the composition of the figures and the use of open spaces and deep, Tintoretto. The influence of the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti is evident in his Pietà (1572). The study of Roman architecture reinforced the balance of his compositions, which often include views of Renaissance buildings. In Rome he met several Spaniards who persuaded him to travel to Spain.In 1577 he came to Toledo and soon received the first order for the church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo and went to work in La Trinidad (1579). The work of El Greco as a portraitist was very significant. One of the best examples of this work is the famous painting The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (1584). He also worked for Toledo Cathedral: The spoliation (1579). In 1586 he painted one of his masterpieces, The Burial of Count Orgaz, where evidence elongation of figures and horror vacui (fear of empty spaces), features typical of El Greco.

His personal view was based on his deep spirituality, in fact, his paintings show a mystical atmosphere. El Greco enjoyed an excellent position in Toledo, where he received members of the nobility and intellectual elite, like Luis de Gongora and Paravicino Fray Hortensio Felix of poets, whose portraits he painted. He also painted some pictures of the city of Toledo, themes from classical mythology and the Old Testament, such as the unfinished work showing an apocalyptic scene of the fifth seal of Revelation (1608), attest to the humanistic erudition of El Greco and how It was brilliant and innovative approach that led to the traditional themes. He died in Toledo on April 7, 1614.

His Work

The Annunciation (1569)
Mercy (1572)
Adoration of the Name of Christ (1578)
Trinity (1579)
The spoliation (1579)
San Sebastian (1580)
The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest (1584)
The Burial of Count Orgaz (1586)
Christ on the Cross with the two Marias and San Juan (1588)
Coronation of the Virgin (1591)
San Martin and the Pauper (1597)
The Resurrection (1599)
The Virgin and Child with Saint Martina and Santa Ines (1599)
Portrait of Cardinal (1600)
Antonio Covarrubias (1601)
Christ (1606)
San Pablo Apostol (1606)
San Pedro Apostol (1606)
View and Plan of Toledo (1608)
Laocoon (1608)
View of Toledo (1610)
Expulsion of merchants from the temple (1610)
The Virgin and Child with Saint Martina and Santa Ines (1599)
The Adoration of the Shepherds (1614)
Apocalipisis (1614)

El Greco