To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), a special collaboration will bring together all of the artist’s paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, the finest outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid, and display them with six loans from the Hispanic Society of America. During the same period, New York’s Frick Collection, whose works by this artist cannot be lent, will exhibit its three El Greco pictures together for the first time.
On view at the Metropolitan Museum beginning November 4, 2014, El Greco in New York will be, in effect, a mini-retrospective of the artist, with the nine paintings from the Metropolitan Museum and six from the Hispanic Society of America spanning El Greco’s entire career, from his arrival in Venice in 1567, through his move to Rome in 1570 and his long residence in Toledo, Spain, from 1577 until his death in 1614.
El Greco’s religious paintings, portraits, and The View of Toledo, a masterpiece of the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, will make this presentation a unique experience. Few Old Master painters have exercised such a profound influence on modern art as has El Greco, one of the most original artists of the European tradition.
El Greco in New York, November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015, is organized by Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, and Walter Liedtke, Curator in the Department of European Paintings, both at the Metropolitan Museum.
Education programs will include a series of gallery talks, three December concerts performed by the Spanish ensemble Capella de Ministrers, and a three-part series of ticketed curatorial talks on the exhibition.
Additional information about the exhibition and its accompanying programs is available on the Museum’s website at http://www.metmuseum.org/elgreco400.