Paintings in Venice (1567-70)
by EL GRECO

In 1567 El Greco decided to abandon a flourishing career on Crete for Venice and to become an Italian painter. It required a now mature master of Byzantine painting to acquire fluency in a naturalist style. In Venice, where he spent about three years before moving to Rome, he studied the works of the aged Titian and his successor, Tintoretto. After some small-scale compositions, such as the Modena Triptych and The Annunciation, he attempted the more complex Purification of the Temple, the first full-blown work in the Venetian manner.

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Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Christ Healing the Blind
c. 1567
Oil on panel, 65,5 x 84 cm
Gemäldegalerie, Dresden

1042*800
True Color
197 Kb



The Modena Triptych (front panels)
1568
Tempera on panel, 37 x 23,8 cm (central), 24 x 18 cm (side panels)
Galleria Estense, Modena

1356*900
True Color
183 Kb



Baptism of Christ
1568
Tempera on panel, 24 x 18 cm
Galleria Estense, Modena

900*1168
True Color
191 Kb



The Modena Triptych (back panels)
1568
Tempera on panel, 37 x 23,8 cm (central), 24 x 18 cm (side panels)
Galleria Estense, Modena

1369*900
True Color
170 Kb



Annunciation
1568
Tempera on panel, 24 x 18 cm
Galleria Estense, Modena

828*1160
True Color
196 Kb



Mount Sinai
1568
Tempera on panel, 37 x 23,8 cm
Galleria Estense, Modena

622*840
True Color
118 Kb



The Last Supper
c. 1568
Oil on panel, 43 x 52 cm
Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

1089*900
True Color
164 Kb



The Annunciation
c. 1570
Tempera on panel, 26,7 x 20 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

850*1088
True Color
159 Kb



The Adoration of the Shepherds
1570-72
Oil on canvas, 114 x 105 cm
Private collection

850*919
True Color
124 Kb



The Purification of the Temple
c. 1570
Oil on poplar panel, 65 x 83 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

1094*850
True Color
183 Kb



The Purification of the Temple (detail)
c. 1570
Oil on poplar panel
National Gallery of Art, Washington

850*1152
True Color
176 Kb



Christ Healing the Blind
1570-75
Oil on canvas, 50 x 61 cm
Galleria Nazionale, Parma

1007*820
True Color
186 Kb




Summary of paintings by El Greco
Crete: before 1567 | Venice: 1567-70 | Rome: 1570-75
Spain
1576-80 (page 1) (page 2) | 1581-85 | 1586-90 | 1591-95 | 1596-1600
Santo Domingo: 1577-79 | Count Orgaz: 1586-88 | Colegio: 1596-1600
Capilla San José: 1597-99 | Illescas: 1603-05 | Apostolado: 1610-14
c. 1600 | 1601-05 | 1606-10 | c. 1610 | after 1610
Oballe Chapel: 1608-13 | Hospital Tavera: 1608-14 | Drawings | Sculptures
Subjects
| Apostles | Saints | Christ | Portraits |