Dominikos Theotokopoulos or El Greco as he is widely known is considered one of the greatest painters of Spanish Renaissance. He was born in the village of Adele in Crete and began studying Post-Byzantine Art early in his life. At the age of 26 he traveled to Italy (Venice and Rome) where his art was enriched with elements of Manierism as well as Venetian Renaissance.
In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he stayed for the rest of his life and created his most popular work. EL Greco shined for his dramatic expressionistic style, evident all over his work, which still touches and inspires many people and artists worldwide. The Museum of Dominikos Theotokopoulos is one of the most popular museums in Crete and is located in Fodele, a small village in Malevisi Province a few km west of Heraklion. You can reach the museum easily by turning left at the 53rd km of the National Road from Rethymno to Heraklion (you will see signs). Close to Fodele there are also some beautiful beaches (Bali, Agia Pelagia). The museum is open from the 1st of April to the end of October, daily, from 09:00 to 19:00.
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