Art Institute of Chicago Celebrates El Greco on a Lavish Scale

By Kyle MacMillan - For the Sun-Times
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). “Christ Driving the Money Changers from the Temple,” about 1570. The Minneapolis Institute of Art, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
In visitor surveys the Art Institute of Chicago has conducted in recent years, El Greco scored surprisingly high name recognition. While such familiarity was a big plus, it was the expressive power of the 16th century artist’s paintings that spurred Rebecca Long, the museum’s associate curator of European painting and sculpture, to spotlight him in a large-scale exhibition that runs March 7 through June 21. “The images themselves are so compelling,” Long said, “even if you don’t know the name of the artist. It’s the same reason people like Picasso are drawn to him. The work speaks for itself. It’s incredibly distinctive.” [More]

Art Institute of Chicago: “El Greco: Ambition and Defiance” (March 7 - June 21, 2020); 111 S. Michigan, Chicago, IL; (312) 443-3600;
El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos). The Holy Trinity, 1577–79. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago