Paintings in Crete (until 1567)

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, El Greco as he came to be known, in his native Crete, was trained in the prevailing local post-Byzantine style, and this background remained fundamental to him and it influenced the unique style that he forged in the later part of his career in Spain. The contemporary post-Byzantine style in which he was trained is typified by one of the few works surviving, the icon of the Dormition of the Virgin. By 1663, the artist had achieved the status of "maestro" in icon painting on Crete.

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Gregorian sequence

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The Dormition of the Virgin
before 1567
Tempera and gold on panel, 61,4 x 45 cm
Holy Cathedral of the Dormition of the Virgin, Ermoupolis, Syros

St Luke Painting the Virgin and Child
before 1567
Tempera and gold on canvas attached to panel, 41,6 x 33 cm
Benaki Museum, Athens

The Entombment of Christ
late 1560s
Oil and tempera on panel, 51,5 x 43 cm
Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens

Summary of paintings by El Greco
Crete: before 1567 | Venice: 1567-70 | Rome: 1570-75
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

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