This month's DFAS lecture, on January 28th, sponored by De Cotta Law, will be given by Helen Sijsling, on 'El Greco'. Considered a bundle of contradictory, opposing and confusing factors, he was from Crete, roman catholic but also familiar with the eastern greek orthodox church, influenced by the Venice and Rome where he was taught by the Italian painters, called El Greco, with the Spanish article El and the Italian word for Greek. He left Crete for Venice, left Venice for Rome, left Rome for Spain. As a stranger he settled in Spain with its great contrasts. A Greek Italian Spanish spirit, could anything stranger be conceivable?
To celebrate the 400th anniversay of El Greco's death there will be many exhibitions in 2014. In March Toledo starts with The Greek in Toledo, which covers his life, his works in Crete, Italy and Spain, his portraits and his religious paintings. The exhibition will be staged at 7 different venues all over the city. The private chapel of St Jozef will be open for the public for the first time in 400 years. 30 paintings from abroad, mainly from the USA are coming back home for the exhibition and many will be in their original setting.
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