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El Greco Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, the earliest surviving portrait from El Greco oil painting on canvas
Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, the earliest surviving portrait from El Greco
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El Greco Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, the earliest surviving portrait from El Greco oil painting on canvas



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  El Greco
  Greek-born Spanish Mannerist Painter, 1541-1614 Considered a representative of late Renaissance Spanish art, El Greco was actually born in Greece, on the island of Crete. After studying in Venice under Titian, El Greco settled in Toledo, Spain in 1577. At the time he was wildly popular, his emotionally religious paintings being just the ticket for the hometown of the Spanish Inquisition. After his death his work was largely ignored until the beginning of the 20th century; now he considered one of the inspired geniuses of Western art. His distinctive style features bold shapes and colors, with elongated and slightly distorted figures. In Toledo El Greco was in constant demand and liked living large: he maintained a private orchestra to accompany his meals.
  Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, the earliest surviving portrait from El Greco
  Portrait of Giorgio Giulio Clovio, the earliest surviving portrait from El Greco (c. 1570, oil on canvas, 58 ?? 86 cm, Museo di Capodimonte, Naples). In the portrait of Clovio, friend and supporter in Rome of the young Cretan artist, the first evidence of El Greco's gifts as a portraitist are apparent.

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