El Greco (or Domínikos Theotokópoulos) was a Greek painter, sculptor and architect who lived from 1541-1614. He gained fame for working in the Spanish courts for royals and nobles. El Greco is recognized for his unique painting of religious icons.
I am sure, by now you are already wondering, why I am telling you about El Greco. Well, The Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf is currently hosting an exciting exhibition of his pieces and I wanted to share some of the experience with you!
About 40 El Greco pieces were gathered from museums and private collectors across the world. Pieces came from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Louvre in Paris, the Museo Nacional de Prado in Madrid and the Museo del Greco in Toledo. Together the exhibit allows the viewer to get a true picture of the breadth of El Greco’s work.
The curators took the show a step further by also including works from artists influenced by El Greco’s vision and style. The collection presents corresponding pieces by other famous artists including Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Elie Delaunay, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, August Macke and Franz Marc.
For me, it is really the mix of different time periods and the variety of works that makes this exhibition worth a visit. So, if you happen to be at Breidenbacher Hof take the time to see this exhibit! It is the perfect afternoon escape and a great chance to learn more about Europe’s rich art history.