IV Centenary of El Greco’s Death

IV Centenary of El Greco’s Death

A lecture by Professor Fernando Marías on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of El Greco's death (1541-1614).

Spanish scholar Fernando Marías will deliver a lecture entitled El Greco: does he need a new history? (El Greco: A-t-il besoin d’une nouvelle histoire ?) at the National Gallery of Canada.

Fernando Marías (Madrid, 1949) is Professor of Art History in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also has been Fernando Zóbel de Ayala Visiting Professor of Spanish Art en Harvard University (1989-90), and Samuel H. Kress Senior Fellow at the CASVA in the National Gallery, Washington D.C. (1994-95). He has received a Senior Research Grant from The Getty Grant Program (1993-95) with Prof. Richard L. Kagan (Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University).

He has taught graduated courses in France (Université de la Sorbonne IV in Paris), Italy (Università di Roma3 in Rome, Università di Palermo and Università di Siracusa in Sicily), and in the USA (University of California Los Angeles). He is currently Vicepresident of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura 'Andrea Palladio' in Vicenza (Italy) and editor of its periodical “Annali di architettura". He has studied Spanish art and architecture and published on these topics several books and articles.

On El Greco, from his Las ideas artísticas de El Greco (Madrid, 1981, and O Greco kai i techní tis epochís tou: Ta schólia stous Bíous tou Vasári, University of Crete Press, Iraklion, 2001), El Greco y el arte de su tiempo. Las notas de El Greco a Vasari (Madrid, Toledo, 1992), El Greco, biografía de un pintor extravagante (Adam Biro, Paris and Nerea, Madrid, 1997) to his El Greco in Toledo, Scala Books, London, 2001). He has just reprint a new and revised edition his El Greco 1997 book as El Greco, a New History, Thames & Hudson, London, 2013.

He has organized an exhibition on El Greco in Japan, The visual Poetics of El Greco (Osaka and Tokyo, 2012-2013) and is the curator of the actual El Griego de Toledo. Pintor de lo visible y lo invisible (El Greco from Toledo. Painter of the visible and the invisible) for the fourth centenial anniversary of the painter’s death.

El Greco

Free and open to the public.

  • Visual arts
  • Ottawa
  • May 1, 2014
  • 06:30 pm


National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9N4

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Organized by the National Gallery of Canada in collaboration with SPAIN arts & culture.
Top image: Domenikos Theotokopoulos, called El Greco, The Nobleman with his Hand on his Chest, c. 1580, oil on canvas, Museo Nacional del Prado.
Bottom image: St. Francis and Brother Leo Meditating on Death, c. 1600-1605, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Canada.