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Monday, 03 November 2014 10:58

The Met Honors El Greco on the 400th Anniversary of His Death

El Greco's 'View of Toledo' (detail), circa 1598-99. El Greco's 'View of Toledo' (detail), circa 1598-99. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

How did El Greco move from painting icons on the island of Crete to the elongated, expressionist works that made him famous and influenced artists like Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne? To mark the 400th anniversary of the artist’s death, three New York City museums are trying to provide an answer.

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will bring out its nine El Greco paintings as well as another six lent from the Hispanic Society.

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