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Spanish painter (born in Greece) remembered for his religious works characterized by elongated human forms and dramatic use of color (1541-1614)

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Previously discounted by scholars who denied the famous painter had ever painted icons, a fading photograph taken in 1938 showed that the painting once bore the artist's signature -- under his real name, Domenikos Theotokopoulos -- beneath Christ's feet.
The hoary tradition of "free" biopics of great artists lives on in "El Greco," a nicely lit but historically dubious tribute to one of Spain's greatest daubers, aka Cretan-born Domenikos Theotokopoulos.
And a few splendid works by El Greco are at once a kind of curatorial in-joke and a serious reminder that Byzantine traditions informed the intensely spiritual Counter-Reformation art of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, trained initially as an icon painter in his native Crete; it can even be argued that the expressive poses and flickering light that distinguishes his strongest work from start to finish are echoes of the formalized attitudes and crackling gold highlights of the icons he painted as a very young man.
It is likely that this wanderer (known as Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete, as Dominico Greco in Italy and Spain, and finally by the nicknames El Griego and El Greco), travelled for financial advancement.
Born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in 1541, he became a master icon painter in his native Crete, which was then a possession of the Venetian Republic.
He always signed his paintings with his Greek name, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, using Greek characters.
Born in 1541 in Candia, the capital of the Venetian colony of Crete, Domenikos Theotokopoulos studied the post-Byzantine style of painting icons (three examples introduce the exhibit) and remained influenced by it throughout his life.
Born Domenikos Theotokopoulos, the son of middle-class parents, in 1541 in Candia (now Heraklion), the principal city of Crete, which was then a Venetian possession, he received a solid education and was trained as an icon painter, working in the rich but conservative tradition of Byzantine art--a tradition that was, significantly, non-naturalistic and nonillusionistic.
The underlying ideological concept of the piece is that the Crete-born painter - who was originally named Domenikos Theotokopoulos and trained in Italy before moving to Spain, where he died in 1614 - tried to create a bridge between earth and heaven through his art.
OTS: The Kunsthistorisches Museum is dedicating its major Special Summer Exhibition 2001 to the painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614) better known as El Greco.