The Great & Timeless El Greco
Whenever I visit the Boston MFA or other museums with historical masterworks I like most of all to view the paintings of Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541 - 1614), known to us as El Greco. Something about the colors he uses and the way he distorts the figures looks incredibly modern to me. I feel like his works could have been painted last week, at least insofar as the visual aesthetic goes. And in fact he was a big influence on important modernists such as Picasso and Franz Marc. His passionate religiosity and piety are not so contemporary. Here are some images.