Friday, December 5, 2014

Painting by El Greco is First Work From the Alte Pinakothek to be Shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) (1541-1614) and workshop, The Disrobing of Christ, bet. 1580 and 1595, oil on canvas, 165 x 98,8 cm © Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, Alte Pinakothek, Munich.
GERMANY---El Greco’s ‘The Disrobing of Christ’ is the first work from the Alte Pinakothek to be shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne. This guest appearance highlights a noteworthy phenomenon – around 1910, a young generation of Expressionist painters enthusiastically celebrated El Greco as a prophet of Modernism. Munich contributed significantly to promoting this view of El Greco. ‘The Disrobing of Christ’ had already been acquired for the Alte Pinakothek in 1909 and, in 1911, was shown at the influential exhibition of works from the Nemes Collection along with other paintings by El Greco. [link]