Was El Greco Astigmatic?


489px-El_Greco_-_The_Burial_of_the_Count_of_Orgaz The Burial of the Count of Orgaz, 1586-88

On the 7th of April 1614, the famous painter, sculptor and architect of the Spanish Renaissance El Greco, née Doménikos Theotokópoulos, died in Toledo, Spain. Adored by many and criticised by some, during his lifetime he had undergone a long journey starting with Crete, the place of his birth, through Venice, then Rome where he gained significant recognition as a mature painter, arriving finally in Spain. From Madrid, which he was forced to leave due to the lack of recognition from Philip II of Spain, he travelled to Toledo – his final destination. Toledo embraced his talent, and in return he gave the city his absolute best – the most original masterpieces, grand both in scale and artistry.“Toledo, with a population of around sixty thousand, was the seat of the Spanish church and home to powerful churchmen, intellectuals, and potential…

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