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El Greco Audio Tour


Get to know the ambitious and forward-thinking artist known simply as El Greco with this exhibition audio tour exploring his complex life and career.

On this audio tour, experts guide you via deep looking through El Greco: Ambition and Defiance, providing insights into the Spanish patronage and legal systems, the role of an artist in Spanish Renaissance society, and the ongoing legacy of El Greco.

To listen to this tour on your phone, download the Art Institute’s free mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices.

  • A painting by El Greco of Saint Luke painting a painting of the Virgin Mary. Saint Luke sits at a wooden table, clothed in red.

    Saint Luke Panting the Virgin, 1560/67

    Benaki Museum, Athens, 11296. © 2020 Benaki Museum, Athens.

  • In this painting Mary holds the body of Christ in her arms. She has a look of grief and distress on her face, and the sky above is filled with colorful yet ominous clouds.

    The Lamentation, about 1570

    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). Philadelphia Museum of Art: John G. Johnson Collection, 1917. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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    Installation view of The Disrobing of Christ, 1580/95

    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). Alte Pinakothek, Munich.

  • A photograph of an installation of four El Greco paintings hanging on a wall.

    Installation view of St. Francis and Brother Leo Meditating on Death, about 1600–05

    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

  • A portrait of a man working on a sculpted bust. The man wears black and has a white collar, and turns to look at the viewer, while his hands work on the sculpture, a bust of a man

    Portrait of a Sculptor (Pompeo Leoni?), about 1577–80

    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

  • El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) and workshop
  • A painting shows a group of figures: a man kneels in the foreground on the left, his arms stretched upward; the figures in the background are nude, some standing in classical positions kneeling or moving about looking skyward.

    The Vision of Saint John, about 1609–14

    El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1956, 56.48.

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