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EL GRECO

 

El Greco (1541 – 1614), as Domenicos Theotokopoulos was commonly known, is considered to be one of the greatest painters of the Spanish renaissance. He was born in the village of Fodele in Crete and started studying post-byzantine art at an early age. When he was 26 he travelled to Italy (Venice and Rome) where he enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and Venetian renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain where he lived for the rest of his life and produced his best known paintings. El Greco was distinguished for developing his own dramatic expressionistic style evident in his paintings that still move and inspire many people and artists around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1934, professors and students from the University of Valladolid donated to the community of Fodele a memorial stone made from the rocks of Toledo, the second homeland of the painter. The stone bears the anaglyph of El Greco's figure and the inscription on it writes:

"LA FACULTAD DE HISTORIA

DE LA UNIVERSITAD DE VALLADOLID

ALMA EN EL CORAZON DE KASTILLIA

OFRENDA A FODELE ESTA PIEDRA

ARRANCADA DE TOLEDO

EN MEMORIA DELA GLORIA INMORTAL

DE DOMENIKOS THEOTOKOPOULOS

JULIO 1934"

("The Faculty of History of the University of Valladolid, the soul and heart of Kastillia, offers to Fodele this stone detached from Toledo, in memory of the immortal glory of Domenicos Theotokopoulos. July, 1934")

This stone was placed at the village square, under the century-old platan.

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