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El Greco Retrospective at the Grand Palais, Galerie sud-est, open until February 2020


A major retrospective exhibition dedicated to the leading Greek Renaissance artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known the world over as El Greco, is on display at the Galerie sud-est at the Grand Palais in Paris until February 10. The exhibition includes more than 60 works by the great Renaissance painter, on loan from 47 museums and collections in Europe, the USA, and Canada. Among the works are two that El Greco created while he was in Crete and are part of the Benaki Museum’s permanent collection in the Byzantine Art section. 

Saint Luke Painting the Virgin and Adoration of the Magi, probably painted between 1567 and 1569, were transported to Paris under heavy security, on two separate flights, after receiving the permission from the Greek Antiquities Commission and the Greek Ministry of Culture. When the Paris exhibition closes, one of the two paintings (Saint Luke Painting the Virgin) will travel on to the Art Institute of Chicago to participate in yet another exhibition dedicated to the great artist, El Greco: Ambition and Defiance, which will last from March 8 to June 21, 2020.

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