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EL GRECO IN ITALY. The Metamorphosis of a Genius


The Metamorphosis of a Genius

A unique exhibition illustrates the metamorphosis of DomenikosTheotokopoulos, better known as El Greco, into one of the most innovative and original artists of his time.

He is famous for his unmistakable sinuously elongated figures, for human forms distorted by mystic passion, for his acid colours at the limit of psychedelia.

El Greco was one of the most innovative and original artists of his time: the exhibition at the Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso pays tribute to the painter, focusing on the Italian stage of his career in the decade between 1567 and 1576.Born on the Greek island of Crete in 1541, Domenikos Theotokopoulos - this is his real name - became famous in Spain, but, before arriving on the Iberian peninsula he spent nearly ten years in Italy, developing his manner in the wake of contact with some of the best artists of the time.

At the time, Crete was part of the Venetian Republic, and it was to the Serenissima that El Greco travelled, transforming himself from Orthodox icon painter to innovative and revolutionary artist.

Drawing inspiration from the great Italian artists of the time, such as Titian, Tintoretto and Jacopo Bassano, works by whom will be displayed in the exhibition, El Greco began to make use of more intense colours and a more flowing brushwork, using perspective to abandon the rigidity and the flatness of the style learned in his native land and associated with the Byzantine artistic tradition. His genius lies in his having been able to fuse two opposing cultures: that of the Greek-Orthodox world and that of the Roman Catholic Renaissance. his is what makes El Greco the visionary artist who so struck such geniuses of modernity as Manet, Cezanne and Picasso.

An undisputed exponent of Western figurative art, El Greco was in reality rediscovered in the nineteenth century, becoming a source of inspiration for the avant-garde movements of the nineteenth and twentieth century, from Impressionism to Cubism.

The final section of the exhibition documents the artist`s profound influence on modern painting through a series of little-seen masterpieces by Picasso and Bacon, bearing witness to the extraordinary topicality of El Greco%u02BCs creativity: a personal and extraordinary language that is beyond comparison.

The exhibition in Treviso presents approximately 70 works, including some unpublished and highly important works by the artist, thanks to loans from prestigious international museums and private collections. The exhibition is enriched by the works of great artists who influenced El Greco - such as Titian, Tintoretto, Jacopo Bassano, Parmigianino and Correggio - and contemporary Byzantine works, as well as by visual documents of various kinds (maps and engravings).

Two outstanding loans, world premieres of their kind, close the exhibition: it will be possible to admire the preparatory cartoon for the tapestry of Les Demoiselles d`Avignonby Picasso, and two Crucifixions by Bacon, unique masterpieces by two artists fascinated by El Greco, in demonstration of how the latter has inspired the avant-garde trends anticipating contemporary art.

El Greco Exhibition

Casa dei Carraresi
Via Palestro, 33 - 31100 Treviso

Opening Hours

From 24 Oct. 2015 to 10 Apr. 2016

From Tuesday to Friday: from 9.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: from 9.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Monday is close 


Full Price: € 12,00

Reduced Tickets: € 10,00
People aged from 15 to 26; citizen over 65 member of the Associations FAI, TCI, ACI, people who has the Escher Exhibition Ticket.

Reduced Tickets: € 6,00
Children aged from 6 to 14, Groups of children or students (min. 10).

Free: Children aged from 0 to 6, disabled people with helper,  authorized guides and interpreters accompanying groups, journalists.

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