November 4, 2014–February 1, 2015
Exhibition Location: European Paintings, Gallery 608, 2nd floor
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 displays them with loans from the Hispanic Society of America. During the same period, New York’s Frick Collection, whose works by this artist cannot be lent, will exhibit its three El Greco pictures together for the first time. On view at the Metropolitan Museum beginning November 4, 2014, El Greco in New York is, in effect, a mini-retrospective of the artist, with the ten paintings from the Metropolitan Museum and six 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.
The exhibition is made possible by Northern Trust.
El Greco’s religious paintings, portraits, and A View of Toledo, a masterpiece of the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, make this presentation a unique experience. Few
Old Master painters have exercised such a profound influence on modern art as has El Greco, one of the most original artists of the European tradition.
El Greco in New York is organized by Keith Christiansen, John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of the Department of European Paintings, and Walter Liedtke, Curator in the Department of European Paintings, both at the Metropolitan Museum.
Education programs include a series of gallery talks, three December concerts performed by the Spanish ensemble Capella de Ministrers, and a three-part series of ticketed curatorial talks on the exhibition.
Additional information about the exhibition and its accompanying programs is available on the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org/elgreco400, as well as on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via the hashtag #ElGreco400.
Works on View at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in El Greco in New York
(All solely by El Greco except where noted)
Christ Healing the Blind (1978.416)
Christ Carrying the Cross (1975.1.145)
Portrait of an Old Man (possibly a self-portrait) (24.197.1)
A View of Toledo (29.100.6)
Cardinal Fernando Niño de Guevara (29.100.5)
Saint Jerome as a Scholar (1975.1.146)
The Vision of Saint John (56.48)
Saint Andrew (61.101.8) (Workshop of El Greco)
Adoration of the Shepherds (05.42)
Adoration of the Shepherds (41.190.17) (El Greco and Workshop)
Pietà (Hispanic Society of America no. A69)
The Holy Family (Hispanic Society of America no. A74)
Portrait of a Man (miniature: Hispanic Society of America no. A311)
Saint Jerome as a Penitent (Hispanic Society of America no. A73)
Saint Luke (Hispanic Society of America no. A1894)
Saint Francis (fragment: Hispanic Society of America)
El Greco at The Frick Collection, on view November 4, 2014, through February 1, 2015, unites its three remarkable El Greco paintings—Purification of the Temple and the portraits of Vincenzo Anastagi and St. Jerome—showing them together, for the first time, in the museum’s Oval Room.
Works on View at The Frick Collection
Saint Jerome (1905.1.67)
Portrait of Vincenzo Anastagi (1913.1.68)
Purification of the Temple (1909.1.66)
November 3, 2014
Image Caption: El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1540/41–1614), A View of Toledo, ca. 1598-99. Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929.