Modern Greek Painters: El Greco "The Nativity"
Improve your Greek by talking about some of the most important paintings in the Greek world. Discover new aspects of modern Greek art and culture while learning about the painters and other visual artists.
"The Nativity", 1603-1605
El Greco, born Domenicos Theotokopoulos, (1541-1614) was a painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a reference to his national Greek origin. El Greco's dramatic and expressionistic style found appreciation in the 20th century. He is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis.