4 Artworks by El Greco You Must Know

Doménikos Theotokópoulos was a famous Greek painter and
spent most of his life in Spain. Doménikos Theotokópoulos better known as El
Greco (Spanish for “the Greeks”). He embraces an aesthetic that is entirely his own and separates from
the Renaissance style, animating each of his works with distorted bodies,
extraordinary emotions, capturing light and dramatic colors. Here are
ten spectacular paintings and works by El Greco to find out.

Disrobing of Christ [1577-1579]

The Disrobing of Christ is in the Sacristy of Cathedral in
the Spanish region precisely in Toledo. In mid-1570 until the end of the year,
El Greci moved to Toledo and shortly after his arrival, church officials
assigned him to paint The Disrobing, which had been hung in the cathedral at
the time (via a compilation that was restored at the Prado Museum in Madrid). The
artwork has a sophisticated quality that is surprising with the distortion of
El Greco’s signatures and the use of bright colors. This work is somewhat
conquered with shadows that envelop the majority of the figures around Christ
to uniquely give the full attention of the viewer to the main subject of the
painting. Light spraying Christ illuminates the three women below, all of whom
are felt like Mary.

The Adoration of the Shepherds [1612-14]

The Adoration of the Shepherds is not uncommonly called the
last work of El Greco, when he died on April 7, 1614. At night, grotto-type
arrangement, Mary held the baby Jesus while Joseph and the three shepherds
surrounded them, full of love staring at the baby newborn, fully devoted and
enthralled. The whole group, together with the angel above, is cleaned in
sparkling and beautiful light. Until 1954, the painting hung at the Convent of
Santo Domingo El Antiguo in Toledo – a suitable location because it was the
place where El Greco had its federal commission in the country – before the
state bought it. Art lovers can watch this work in Prado.

Laocoön [c. 1610-1614]

Different work late, Laocöon is the only surviving El Greco
painting depicting mythological themes. Various works of art saved in the
permanent collection of the National Art Gallery, and the painting shows a
touching moment when sea snakes killed Laocöon, who was a Trojan priest, and
his son after warning his fellow countryman about the Trojan Horse. The gods
are not happy, thus, arranging family damage. Against the background of Toledo,
the artwork exudes emotion when a son dies, and Laocöon and his different sons
fight snakes with all they have. The amount is pale gray, which means that life
is slowly drained from their bodies. And this is also the most active part of
the National Art gallery. 

Toledo Display [c. 1598-99]

In addition to works of art and religious photographs, El
Greco also creates spectacular and rare landscapes, like the View of Toledo,
work and the best representation of his work in this genre. When watching this
piece, the viewer might have panicked because the painting has a threat, dark
clouds rolling from the outside, with the skills to create powerful storms that
hit the green ground below. Like being in a stretched nature, much is known how
it started except for the investment list. But unfortunately, nothing concrete
can be decided from them. Like Christ Healing the Blind, this work of art can
also be found at The Met

10 Known Contemporary Philippine Artists

With dispensations from a number of artists set up on the international stage, the Philippine world of art has long been confined to a shortsighted environment – until about a decade ago.

After 50 years passed, the Philippines began participating in gallery art events such as the 2015 Venice Biennale with the national pavilion, which uniquely attracted attention to the area which was held by the event and brought new enthusiasm to local artists to the limelight. We show ten contemporary Filipino artists that we must know.

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Ronald Ventura

In 2011, Ronald Ventura broke the record for best-selling Southeast Asian paintings at Sotheby’s Hong Kong when his graphite, oil and acrylic titled Grayground was marketed for $ 1.1 million. Ventura paintings and sculptures feature not a few layers of images and styles, symbols of various diverse national identities from the Philippines – a country which, throughout history, has been colonized by the United States, Spain and Japan. Ventura’s work embodies and illustrates the complexity of postcolonial habits through the alignment of Eastern and Western motifs, traditions and progress, high and low habits, the future and present.

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Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

Husbands and wives duo Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan emigrated to Australia in 2006 – an event that became an integral element of their artistic practice. Their work says about community, personal empirical, memory, and displacement, in addition to the emotional and psychological influences of migration. The Aquilizans often use customary objects that are significant as metaphors of “life experiences”. In 2006, they exhibited Project Belonging: In Transit at the Biennale of Sydney, created with traditional Balikbayan boxes used by Filipinos to deliver their goods to all the world, the installation raised the couple’s voyage to Australia. This work evolved into another Country Project: Address (2008), created from the contents of 140 Balikbayan boxes, each packed carefully and curated with personal merchandise. Since then Aquilizans has produced a number of works involving local communities, using donated materials and creating complex installations of important objects.

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Mark Salvatus

The themes of everyday urbanism and politics are most important for the work of multidisciplinary artist Mark Salvatus, who is also useful as among the founders of the local street art collection Pilipinas Street Plan and 98B Collaboratory. Taking inspiration from its urban landscape, popular habits and media, Salvatus reflects a contemporary experience, both in his home country, the Philippines and in the places he visits. Salvatus connects the cross-cultural similarity, as represented in Haiku (2013) – video projection of graffiti photographed by artists around its journey in all of Japan, New York, Australia and Indonesia. The video links people and unrelated habits to create global dialogue. In 2014, artists presented Latitudes at the Philippine Cultural Center – a series of three works that were plunged into socio-political issues surrounding land, air and water resources.

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Gary-Ross Pastrana

Unfamiliar objects are deconstructed beyond recognition in Gary-Ross Pastrana’s conceptual works to the point where they inherit new formats, significance, and functions. Pastrana is interested in the consequences of changing the body’s object, examining how the connotations change. Set Fire to Free (2002) explores whether an object can keep ‘things’ if it breaks. Pastrana destroyed a ladder, burned a portion of the remains and made a bird from the ashes. For Two Rings (2008), artists melt two of his mother’s rings and form them into sword-like objects to investigate whether physical transformation will process sentimentality or material value. Pastrana decided that monetary value would not be lost, but more significantly, their sentimental value increased with the joining of ring properties. Pastrana configures reality to reveal the truth of an object.

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José Santos III

José Santos III has long challenged the perception of ‘everyday life’. In his early work, Santos described the hyper-realistic trompe l’oeil scenes and surreal surrealist compositions. Multimedia artists have developed a vague style, leaving their work exposed for interpretation. He continues to explore the charm of objects in an effort to uncover their history while obscuring the audience’s perception of familiar. In hiding (2014), and an exhibition at the Pearl Lam Gallery, Santos showed off a new work showing everyday objects filled with new meanings. Ignored objects are often placed in the spotlight, positioned home to create new experiences. Santos awakens a new appreciation of hidden uses, showing us the extent to which we collect objects to be handed over in our daily lives.

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Costantino Zicarelli

Costantino Zicarelli is a self-proclaimed musician and graffiti artist whose works reflect the history of metal drones, black metal, and all rock n ‘roll. His works and exhibitions are not infrequently inspired by song lyrics, like his 2013 show in moonlit white Silverlens, bone-white, as bright as a snake, as calm as a throne. Explore the ‘dark side’ of pop habits, Zicarelli’s graphite gray image revealing skull images, dark woods, locks hanging on tangles, disco balls, crushed guitars, dead rock stars, and tattoo emblems. Artists state that the practice is not enough about being a groupie, and more or less about showing a side that is not quite chaotic from the industry. The 2014 exhibition of the Dust of Men was inspired by the work and aesthetics of the icon Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey. From sacrificial drawings to decay, this exhibition shows off the fragility of eternal human beings.

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Norberto Roldan

The founder of Black Artists in Asia – a group based in the Philippines that focuses on the practice of progressive social and political artistic – and the Green Papaya Art Project, Norberto Roldan discussed social, political and local customs. The list of texts, images, and objects that he discovered considers empirical daily life in the Philippines, in addition to the country’s historical housing and collective memory. Roldan planted an exclusive emphasis on historical objects and their capacity to maintain significance after they were cast and forgotten, questioning whether an object is inherently sentimental or specifically endowed with meaning. His list of books entitled In Search For Lost Time 1/2/3/4 (2010) was inspired by Hitler’s apartment in Berlin, which is said to be incompatible with the nature of the megalomaniac dictator. The work questions the ways in which objects describe who we areEarly Fatal History and Strategy (2011) was inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s essay entitled End of History and Meaning, where philosophers assumed that globalization was a dissolution of history and the collapse of progress. Every work shown in the closet is a collection of old objects, seeing the time made by a forgotten memory.

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Louie Cordero

Louie Cordero’s multimedia works are rich in ornaments and
not infrequently funny, combining indigenous traditions, Spanish Catholicism
and American pop habits to express a long history of tension. The brightly
colored composition is unique from the aesthetics of b-film horror films, heavy
metal music, comics, folk tales, and street life, splashed with issues
originating from the later period of colonial artists and Catholic upbringing.
In the 2011 Singapore Biennale, Cordero presented a disturbing multimedia
installation titled My We, inspired by the recent assassination of innocent
people, singing Frank Sinatra songs My Way at bars in the Philippines. The
installation exhibited not a few fiberglass figures that were stabbed in all of
their bodies with damaged body elements. In the background, a video
installation projected Sinatra’s fatal song to make a scary recreation of a
horrific event.