El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

El Greco: A 400th Anniversary Celebration

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections presents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings.

On the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death, the National Gallery of Art —holder of the largest number of the artist’s works in the United States— presents a commemorative exhibition of El Greco’s paintings.

From the early and derivative Cleansing of the Temple (before 1570) to the boldly innovative Laocoön (c. 1610/1614), his only mythological work, the exhibition includes 11 paintings from the Gallery and other Washington-area collections. A selection of devotional works illustrates El Greco’s role as artist of the Counter-Reformation, and two versions of Saint Martin and the Beggar shed light on his commercial practices.

The exhibition attests to El Greco’s special importance to American collectors of the last century, including Henry Walters, Mildred and Robert Bliss, Duncan Phillips, and the Gallery’s founding benefactors Andrew W. Mellon, Samuel H. Kress, Peter A. B. Widener, Joseph E. Widener, and Chester Dale.

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  • Visual arts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Sun, November 02 —
    Mon, February 16, 2015

Venue

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National Gallery of Art, West Building, Constitution Ave. at 6th St. Washington, DC

Admission

Admission is free to the Gallery and all events. Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, from 11 am to 6 pm.

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Credits

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art. Image: El Greco, Laocoon, c. 1610/1614, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Samuel H. Kress Collection, 1946.18.1.

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