Emerging from a Byzantine tradition, Doménikos Theotokópoulos – better known as El Greco – journeyed to Spain via an eventful stay in Italy, which accounts for the radical change in his style. In 1577 he settled in Toledo for the rest of his life, although his relationship with the city and its religious bureaucracy was at times fraught.
This talk by international freelance lecturer Jacqueline Cockburn examines El Greco’s sometimes turbulent career and focuses on his skirmishes with Spanish King Philip II and the dictates of the Catholic Church, strictly enforced under the harsh rules of the Inquisition.
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