El Greco Comes to America: The Discovery of a Modern Old Master

Detail of El Grecco's painting "Purification of the Temple."

This day-long symposium commemorates the four hundredth anniversary of the death of Domenikos Theotokopolous, known as El Greco, and celebrates the superlative examples of the artist’s work in New York collections. The artist’s idiosyncratic style emanated a kind of modernism that resonated with collectors in the New Qorld, resulting in American museums owning many of El Greco’s finest works outside Spain. Eight speakers will address topics that focus on individual collectors including Arabella Huntington, Louisine Havemeyer, Henry Clay Frick, Peter Widener, and Duncan Phillips, while also addressing the impact of exhibitions and the role of artist-advisers such as Mary Cassatt and Roger Fry.

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El Greco (1541 - 1614) 
Purification of the Temple, ca. 1600
Oil on canvas, 16 1/2 x 20 5/8 in. (41.9 x 52.4 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest