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Honoring the anniversary of 400 years since the death of the famous Greek renaissance painter Domenikos Theotokopoulos, more famous as El Greco, the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens organizes a small tribute exhibition with the title The Depiction of Death in the Work of El Greco, funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) 2007-2013 as part of the Greco Year 2014.
In this tribute, the themes of death and immortality of the soul are prevalent, as they are depicted in El Greco's work. Visitors are invited to participate in an interesting interpretation of these two themes through different scopes, religious and social.
The tribute especially focuses on El Greco's masterpiece The Entombment of Christ (or The Burial of Christ), oil and tempera painting completed in 1570 and housed in the National Art Gallery of Athens. The painting shows the family and friends of Jesus burying him after the Crucifixion. El Greco conveys the extremities of emotion through this painting and helps viewers explore the theme of death intensely.
Two Pieta (Lamentation) will also be exhibited in digital form and in actual size. The one is from the collection of the Hispanic Society of America, a large version in oil on canvas, and the other from a private collection. The Pieta depict the mourning of Virgin Mary over her dead son.
This exhibition will be open from November 14th, 2014 to February 8th, 2015 and will be combined with the fantastic exhibition Beyond: Death and Afterlife in Ancient Greece that the museum is preparing and will open in December 11th, 2014.
Where: Cycladic Art Museum, Neofytou Douka str 4, Syntagma Square
Opening hours: Monday- Wednesday- Friday- Saturday 10:00-17:00