El Greco’s Library, Prado

El Greco’s Library, Museo del Prado,1 April – 29 June 2014.
Reconstructs the literary and theoretical roots of El Greco’s art via the books he owned according to the inventories produced by his son in 1614 and 1621. Of the 130 books owned by the artist the Prado has brought together about 40 books from its own holdings and those of the Biblioteca Nacional and other Madrid libraries. The exhibition includes the two editions of Vasari and Vitruvius annotated by El Greco with his comments on painting and architecture, a rare letter from the archives of the Italian city of Parma and nine prints, which provided the artist with compositional inspiration.

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