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El Greco

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El Greco‘s life and work were marked by a deep underlying devotion to God. As a young man, he mastered traditional Byzantine icon art, but when he settled in Spain his inspiration was drawn from the burgeoning Italian and Spanish Renaissances. Although his early ambitions were to become a court painter, his individual style that emerged in Spain quickly catapulted him from the confines of any conventional school. He became vastly interested in the new Mannerist movement, a group who disavowed the mere imitation of nature in art, and instead sought to express the underlying psychological aspects of a work beyond its mythological or religious themes. These concepts informed a body of work that is evocative of the Divine and noted for manifesting the spirituality that lay beneath all being. (The Art Story)

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