El Greco’s Library

1 April - 29 June 2014

On El Greco’s death in Toledo on 7 April 1614, his possessions included 130 books that are partly known from two inventories compiled by his son Jorge Manuel Theotokopouli: one drawn up a few weeks after the painter’s death and another of 1621, compiled as proof of the possessions that Jorge Manuel was bringing to his second marriage.

Based on the original documents of these two inventories, the exhibition is organised into five sections which together present its theoretical argument. Greek forefathers and the classical heritage, Metamorphosis in Italy, Painting as a speculative science,  Vitruvius and the terms of architecture, The problem of religious imagery