El Greco, 1570 - Christ Cleansing the Temple - fine art print

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Original artwork description from the museum's website (© Copyright - by National Gallery of Art - www.nga.gov)

In this tempestuous scene, El Greco depicted an angry Christ driving the moneychangers from the Temple. An uncommon theme, it became increasingly popular in the latter half of the sixteenth century, promoted by the Council of Trent as a symbol of the Catholic church's attempt to purify itself after the Protestant Reformation. Here El Greco portrayed partially draped women and bare-chested men writhing and twisting to escape the blows of Christ's scourge, emphasizing the agitation of the participants and exaggerating their irreverence. The setting is one of classical grandeur, more reminiscent of an Italian Renaissance palace than of the sacred precincts of the Temple in Jerusalem.

This panel was painted in Venice before El Greco made his way to Spain. The illusionistic space and voluptuous figures in this early work are vastly different from the flattened space and stylized forms of Byzantine art, which continued to dominate painting in El Greco's native Crete. El Greco's arrival in Venice, in about 1567, coincided with a high point in that city's artistic achievement. That the Cretan artist had absorbed the influence of the Venetian masters and taught himself a new way of painting is evident in the movement and drama, solidly modeled figures, and boldly brushed colors of this panel. The influence of the Venetians is equally evident in the elaborate architectural setting with its complicated perspective.

[Source: NGA]

Note by the contributor Emily Wilkinson: The Cleansing of the Temple is a well-known biblical tale, and one which many early modern artists depicted. In this, one of his earlier works, El Greco has imbued the subject with great energy and dynamism. He shows the moneylenders being driven dramatically from the temple (although architecturally the building looks more like a Renaissance palace).

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Work of art name: "Christ Cleansing the Temple"
Artwork categorization: painting
General term: classic art
Artwork century: 16th century
Year: 1570
Age of artwork: more than 450 years old
Painted on: oil on panel
Dimensions of the original artwork: 65,4 x 83,2 cm
Museum / location: National Gallery of Art
Place of museum: Washington D.C., United States of America
Museum website: www.nga.gov
License type: public domain
Courtesy of: National Gallery of Art, Washington

General information on the artist

Name: El Greco
Aliases: El. Griego, Theoscopoli Domenico, Grego, Theotocopoulis Domenicos, Theopoli Domenico, Del Greco, Theotorotoli Domenico, Domenico Theotocopuli gen. II Greco, Theotocopoulos Domenikos, Theotocópoulos Doménicos, dom. th. el greco, El Greco - Domenico Theotocopuli, Theotokopuli Domenico, Greco, Theocópuli Domenico, Theotokópoulos Domenicos, Theotokopolis Domenico, Dominico Greco, Greco Domenicos Theotocopuli, El Greco, Greco Domenico, Theotocópuli Dominico, Ο Γκρεκο, Dominico Theotocopoli gen. El Greco, Griego El, Greco Dominico, Theotokopoli Domenico, Theotocópuli Doménico, Theotokópoulos Doménikos, Domenico Theotocopuli gen. Il Greco, Teoscopoli Domenico, Greco Dominikos, il Greco, dom. theotocopuli greco, Domingo Greco, Theotocópuli Doménikos, domenico theotocopuli gen. il greco, גרקו, Greco El, Theotokopolous Domenikos, Dom. Theotocopuli gen. Il Greco, Theotocópuli Dominico Griego, Domenico Theotocopouli, Domenico Theotocopuli, D. Theotokopuli gennant El Greco, Theotocópuli Domingo, Theotocópuli Domingo de, Theotocopoulos Doménico, Theocopoli Domenico, D. Theotokopuli genannt El Greco, Theotokopoulos Domeniko, El Dominico, Greco El ], Del Gieco, Tehocopopuli Domenico, Theotocopolo Domenico, Domenico Greco, Theotocopuly Domenico, Theotocopuli Dominico called El Greco, D. Theotokopuli gen. El Greco, domenico theotocopuli el greco, Dominico Theotocopuli called El Greco, Grego scolare di Titiano, Greco Il, Greca, Theotokopoulos Menegos, El Griego, Teotopuli Domjnjeo, Teotocópuli Dominico Greco, Theotocopopulos Domenico, Thoepotuli Dom, Domenico Theotokopoulos, Grec Le, Theotocopulo Domenico, Domenico Theotokopuli El Greco, Theotocópuli Doménicos, Teotopopuli Domenico, Il Greco eigentlich Domenico Theotocopuli, Greco Domenico Theotokopuli El, Theotoskopoli Domenico, Zeotokópoulos Doménikos, Greco Menegos, Griego
Gender: male
Artist nationality: Greek, Hellenic
Jobs of the artist: painter, architect, artist, sculptor
Country of origin: Greece
Classification: old master
Art styles: Mannerism
Died aged: 73 years
Year born: 1541
City of birth: Kriti region, Greece, region, administrative division
Year of death: 1614
Place of death: Toledo, Toledo province, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Product background information

Article type: fine art reproduction
Reproduction: reproduction in digital format
Production technique: digital printing
Manufacturing: German-made
Stock type: on demand
Intended usage: art reproduction gallery, home décor
Orientation: landscape alignment
Side ratio: 4 : 3
Interpretation: the length is 33% longer than the width
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Art print framing: not included

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What you should know this more than 450 years old work of art

In the year 1570 the male Greek, Hellenic painter El Greco made the 16th century artpiece. The 450 years old version of the masterpiece was made with the size: 65,4 x 83,2 cm. Oil on panel was used by the artist as the technique for the artwork. Besides, the artwork can be viewed in in the National Gallery of Art's art collection, which is the museum of the US-American nation that preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art. With courtesy of National Gallery of Art, Washington (public domain).The creditline of the artwork is the following: . The alignment is landscape with a ratio of 4 : 3, which implies that the length is 33% longer than the width. The architect, artist, painter, sculptor El Greco was a European artist, whose style can be classified as Mannerism. The European artist was born in the year 1541 in Kriti region, Greece, region, administrative division and died at the age of 73 in 1614 in Toledo, Toledo province, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

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