Mary Tompkins Lewis writes for the Wall Street Journal–Spain is awash with commemorations of the fourth centenary of the death of its adopted son, Domenikos Theotokopoulos, the artist better known as El Greco. An exhibition at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, “El Greco’s Library,” on view through June 29, explores the relationship between the texts El Greco collected and his own erudite art. This summer, “El Greco and Modern Painting,” also at the Prado (from June 24 through Oct. 5), will chart the painter’s rediscovery in the 19th century and his influence on vanguard artists from Edouard Manet to Francis Bacon and beyond.
The “Year of El Greco” in Spain, however, was inaugurated in March in the venerable city of Toledo, where the painter lived and worked for almost four decades until his death at the age of 73 in 1614.
Read more on WSJ.com: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304518704579521952420009162