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El Greco at the Saint Joseph Chapel at Toledo: Working for a Converso Family

El Greco at the Saint Joseph Chapel at Toledo: Working for a Converso Family
91 Charles Street West, Old Victoria College Chapel (2nd Floor)
Time: Oct 15th, 4:15 pm End: Oct 15th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Visual Studies (UTM), Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Religion, Study of (FAS), Medieval Studies (FAS), Jewish Studies, History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), Art (FAS), Architecture, Landscape, Design, 1200-1500
Annual Erasmus Lecture of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies by Fernando Mar?as, Universidad Aut?noma de Madrid

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies is pleased to present the Annual Erasmus Lecture:

Fernando Marías, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

El Greco at the Saint Joseph Chapel at Toledo: Working for a Converso Family

Tea at 4:15 / Lecture begins at 4:30.

Our understanding of Doménikos Theotokópoulos, ‘El Greco’, has changed over the last thirty years, and a new image of him has emerged, more a humanist painter and architect and less a mystical and religious artist. Nevertheless, apart from his work as a portraitist, he produced mainly religious pictures.  This seeming contradiction can be resolved by analyzing his work as a social construction that integrated the differing agendas of client and artist.

The Chapel of San José (St Joseph) or of Los Capellanes (The Chaplains) are two of the best preserved examples of the combination of art and architecture in late sixteenth-century Toledo. They are best known, however, because of the altarpieces designed and executed El Greco (1597–1599).

These paintings have never been analyzed in the context of the social and ideological quarrels in the Imperial city of Toledo. These case studies demonstrate that the social situation of El Greco’s patrons was far more complex and significant than previously realized. A lawsuit has come to light, waged by the city against the founders and patrons of the chapel, who had been mistreated because of their converso origins. Indeed, their grandparents had been executed by the Inquisition. This legal case offers new insight into goals and visions of both El Greco and his patrons.

Fernando Marías (Madrid, 1949) is Professor of Art History in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. An acknowledged expert on Spanish art and architecture, he has published books and articles that have been translated to English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, Hungarian, Polish and Japanese. Professor Marías has written prolifically on El Greco. His publications on the painter include Las ideas artísticas de El Greco (Madrid, 1981),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), and El Greco in Toledo (Scala Books, London, 2001).

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at (416) 585-4468.


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