BRUSSELS.- Regarded today as one of the founders of the
Spanish School of painting, El Greco has not, however, always enjoyed that lofty
status. At the time of his death in Toledo in 1614, Europe was wildly
enthusiastic about the then fashionable naturalism of the Caravaggesque style,
poles apart from his own brilliant Mannerism. El Greco’s work soon went out of
fashion and remained relatively neglected down the centuries – until 1908, when
the art historian Manuel Bartolomé Cossío devoted a key monograph to him.
On exhibition at BOZAR through 9 May, 2010.