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El Greco Online


We’ve pulled together a few different ways to experience the exhibition El Greco: Ambition and Defiance online—so you can visit the show, wherever you are.

Special thanks to Bank of America for their support of this exhibition.

Video Tour

Take a quick tour of the exhibition with curator Rebecca Long and research associate Jena Carvana as they share some of the reasons El Greco and his work continue to fascinate.

Audio Tour

Hear from the experts as they take you through highlights of this major retrospective. Simply download the museum’s free app, available for Apple and Android devices.


Read articles that explore themes from the exhibition, such as the many lives of El Greco’s Assumption, and El Greco’s development as an artist.

Interactive Feature

Learn about one of the most important paintings of El Greco’s career—The Assumption of the Virgin. This image-rich tool chronicles its origins, its journey to the museum, and its recent conservation.


Trace the artist’s complex life and career from his birth and training in Crete to his artistic development in Italy to his successes and challenges in Spain.

El Greco: Ambition and Defiance is organized by
the Art Institute of Chicago;
the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris;
and the Musée du Louvre.


Lead support is generously provided by an anonymous donor.

Major support is contributed by the Rhoades Fund-Julius Lewis Exhibitions Fund, Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher M. Kelly, and Margot Levin Schiff and the Harold Schiff Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by the Jack and Peggy Crowe Fund, Barbara and James MacGinnitie, the Prince Charitable Trusts, and Penelope and Robert Steiner.

Members of the Exhibitions Trust provide annual leadership support for the museum’s operations, including exhibition development, conservation and collection care, and educational programming. The Exhibitions Trust includes an anonymous donor; Neil Bluhm and the Bluhm Family Charitable Foundation; Jay Franke and David Herro; Karen Gray-Krehbiel and John Krehbiel, Jr.; Kenneth C. Griffin; Caryn and King Harris, The Harris Family Foundation; Josef and Margot Lakonishok; Robert M. and Diane v.S. Levy; Ann and Samuel M. Mencoff; Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel; Anne and Chris Reyes; Cari and Michael J. Sacks; and the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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