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The Crete-born and Spain-residing artist and architect Doménikos Theotokópoulos (1541-1614), known by his nickname ‘El Greco,’ was regarded with bafflement by his contemporaries, but has gone down in history posthumously as a major artistic influencer and source of inspiration.
In mixing Byzantine and Western techniques in a unique marriage, it is impossible to pigeonhole El Greco into one conventional school of art, but it is indubitable that his influence can be seen in a variety of artists to follow— his expressiveness visible in Manet’s work, his attention to structure visible in Cézanne, his form and use of space evident in Picasso’s ventures into Cubism. Read on for six of the best places in the world to view pieces of art by this remarkable artist.