El Greco, Master Painter

April 7, 1614 marks the death of one of Spain’s most famous and beloved painters, who was actually Greek:  El Greco.  Born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete in 1541, El Greco immigrated to Spain in 1577.  He settled in Toledo where he was commissioned for a number of major religious paintings and portraits.  His timeless and stunningly modern paintings inspired artists worldwide.  One of his masterpieces, “The Opening of the Fifth Seal”, is displayed in the New York Metropolitan Museum.