El Greco in New York

  • Visual arts
  • New York
  • Tue, Nov 04, 2014 —
    Sun, Feb 01, 2015
El Greco in New York

New York celebrates the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death with an unprecedented set of institutional collaborations and exhibits.


Paintings by El Greco from the Metropolitan Museum and Hispanic Society of America Collections

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos, 1541–1614), this special collaboration brings 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 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 at the Frick Collection

During the same period, New York’s Frick Collection exhibits its three El Greco pictures together for the first time. Henry Clay Frick had a deep appreciation for Spanish painting, particularly the work of El Greco, the extraordinary Greek artist who, after a brief period in Italy, spent most of his life in Toledo, Spain. Frick traveled to Spain twice and acquired the three works by the artist between 1905 and 1913

Music Program:

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, Capella de Ministrers presents a unique program using music to journey through the life of the infamous painter. The intimate program includes the most iconic music from his birthplace of Crete as well as his time in Venice and Rome, and concludes with music from the Spanish city of Toledo.

The Fifth Seal: Music in the time of El Greco

  • Interpreted by Capella de Ministrers with Elisa Franzetti, soprano; Carles Magraner, vihuela & artistic director; David Antich, flutes; Sara Águeda, Spanish double harp; Pau Ballester, percussion.
  • On Thursday December 11 at 7 pm at the Hispanic Society of America.
  • RSVP: [email protected] or 212-926 2234 Ext. 250. Space is limited.

El Greco’s Toledo: Capella de Ministrers

  • On Friday December 12 at 7 pm and on Saturday December 13 at 3 pm and 7pm at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • Limited availability. Box office: 212-570-3949.


Lecture by Carles Magraner

  • On Wednesday December 10 at the Foundation for Iberian Music, Graduate Center–CUNY.


Venue map

Metropolitan Museum and Frick Collection, New York City


Metropolitan Museum: Hours and admission. Frick Collection: Tickets and museum hours


Image: El Greco, Purification of the Temple, ca. 1600; oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 20 5/8 in; The Frick Collection; photo by Michael Bodycomb.



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