El Greco: Ambition and Defiance 

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Renowned for a singular artistic vision, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco (1541–1614), developed his distinctive painting style as he assiduously pursued professional success. This fresh and engaging survey of El Greco's work explores varied aspects of the artist's career—his aesthetic education in Italy, the mixed reception of his mature works in Spain, his uncompromising approach to business, and the baroque logistics of his Toledo workshop—and reveals the depth of El Greco's astounding ambition. The impressive volume focuses in particular on his 1577–79 altarpiece paintings for the Church of Santo Domingo el Antiguo in Toledo—among them the magnificent Assumption of the Virgin—which heralded the artist's arrival in Spain after productive periods of formation and reformation in Crete, Venice, and Rome. Lavishly illustrated and clothbound with gilded edges, this publication features reproductions and scholarly discussions of more than 60 works ranging from large-scale canvases to intimate panels, with essays that elucidate the motives and meanings behind the artist's constantly changing and inventive approach.

Hardcover: 200 pages with 148 colored illustrations

9 x 13 x 1 in.

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  1. Oct 6, 2020

    from Valparaiso, IN

    This book is more beautiful than I imagined. The history made the career of El Greco come to life. The photographs of his paintings, and others included in the book, are stunning.

  2. Apr 23, 2020

    from Oakham, MA

    The design concept for this is appropriately right on the edge, like its subject. When I took it out of the box, there was a momentary pause, but when opened, I smiled, as I so soon observed that the designer(s) hit the mark straight-on. Every thought of luxe and splendor, colors reminiscent of paint and his paint, type design, page layout and cover all sumptuous, and, the effect in sum, yes, elongated. It is in every way worthy of the import of this exhibit. It is also as much compensation as any one, like me, could ask for, for having to miss the event itself.

  3. Apr 1, 2020

    from Chicago, IL

    I sent this book to a friend in Minneapolis and she was just astounded by it. She said she cried when she saw how beautiful it was. I knew she would love it.