Spanish Art in the 16th and 17th Century
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This paper discusses the life and works of great Spanish painters of the 16th and 17th century. The paper looks at several paintings and highlights the mysticism of El Greco, the religious passion of Zurbaran and Ribera, the humanity of Goya and the enigmatic quality in the portraits of the court painter, Diego Velazquez. The paper shows how Spanish art retained an emotional intensity and religious fervor of its own.
From the Paper:"16th and 17th centuries are considered treasures of Spanish art. They dissect the psyche of Spain past: the mysticism of El Greco, the religious passion of Zurbaran and Ribera, the humanity of Goya, the enigmatic quality in the portraits of the court painter Diego Velazquez. Look at the faces: Young Prince Baltasar Carlos on horseback--what can he be thinking? And Philip IV--why are the eyes so trustful? And that face--did I not see it just moments ago in the street?
"El Greco (1541-1614), Spanish Mannerist painter, whose work represents the acme of Spanish art. El Greco (meaning "The Greek") was born in Candia, now Iraklion, Crete (Kriti) (then a possession of the Republic of Venice), in 1541 and was named Domenikos Theotokopoulos. Details of his early life and training are sketchy, but he probably first studied painting in his native city. Although no works from his first years survive, they were probably painted in the late Byzantine style popular in Crete at the time. Reminiscences of this style are seen in his later work. He was an erudite man, whose taste for classical and contemporaneous literature seems to have developed in his youth."
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