El Greco (Domenikos Theotokópoulos)

Past Exhibition: El Greco

Painting of portrait of St. Jerome seated with book on table; has long grey beard and wears red cardinal's robes
El Greco: Themes and Variations
May 15, 2001 to July 29, 2001

The Frick Collection's St. Jerome and Purification of the Temple comprised the core of this special exhibition, which was shown in the Oval Room. Together with five loan paintings — all replicas or versions of the two Frick canvases — these works revealed different aspects of the master's recycling of his own compositions. Although El Greco was a highly original painter, he frequently made replicas or related versions of his works, at a time when few if any other major artists did so.

Amaya Alzaga Ruiz: "Madrazo and the New York Collectors of El Greco"

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Amaya Alzaga Ruiz, Assistant Professor, History of Art, The National University of Distance Education, Madrid, presents her lecture, "'Madrazo and the New York Collectors of El Greco," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Richard L. Kagan: "'El Grecophilitis' in Philadelphia: A Case History"

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Richard L. Kagan, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor Emeritus of History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, presents his lecture, "'El Grecophilitis' in Philadelphia: A Case History," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

José Luis Colomer: "El Greco at The Phillips Collection"

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José Luis Colomer, Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica, Madrid, presents his lecture, "El Greco at The Phillips Collection," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Xavier F. Salomon: "Henry Clay Frick and El Greco"

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Xavier F. Salomon, Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator, The Frick Collection, presents his lecture, "Henry Clay Frick and El Greco," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Marcus B. Burke: "Works by El Greco at The Hispanic Society of America and Archer Milton Huntington as a Collector"

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Marcus B. Burke, Senior Curator, Museum Department, The Hispanic Society of America, New York, presents his lecture, "Works by El Greco at The Hispanic Society of America and Archer Milton Huntington as a Collector," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Ellen Prokop: "The Father of Modern Painting? El Greco's Critical Fortunes"

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Ellen Prokop, Associate Photoatchivist at The Frick Art Reference Library, presents her lecture, "The Father of Modern Painting? El Greco's Critical Fortunes," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Walter Liedtke: "El Greco in the Metropolitan Museum: From 1905 to the Present"

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Walter Liedtke, Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, presents his lecture,  "El Greco in the Metropolitan Museum: From 1905 to the Present," during the one-day symposium El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master. This event was organized by the Center for the History of Collecting at The Frick Collection.

Xavier Bray: "Demystifying El Greco: His Use of Wax, Clay, and Plaster Models"

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Xavier Bray, Arturo and Holly Melosi Chief Curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, presents his lecture "Demystifying El Greco: His Use of Wax, Clay, and Plaster Models." An inventory of El Greco’s studio made in 1614, at the time of his death, lists some fifty models of plaster, clay, and wax. Bray considers how these models may have been used and the role they may have played in the creation of his quintessentially otherworldly style.

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