02| His academic training started was as icon painter of the Cretan School the leading center of Post-Byzantine art. In Venice he might have worked (another uncertain fact…) as a pupil of Tizian getting in touch with the Venice School and the use of color over line in their paintings. In Rome he studied the work of Michelangelo and was influenced by Mannerism. The truth is that he demonstrate to have a very personal style since the beginning of his career. His great works from his mature period can hardly be classified in any of the main artistic styles of his time.
03| He left a large artistic legacy of portraits, altarpieces, some landscapes and religious paintings. He also had a good reputation as an architect and sculptor. However after his death in 1614 he became a forgotten artist. After three centuries his art was rediscovered and became an important influence in the painting of the 19th and 20th centuries. The expressiveness and colors of his works influenced painters like Manet or Cezanne. He was inspiration for Picasso and the birth of Cubism. The expressive distortions of El Greco´s figures caught the attention of Expressionists artists like Kokoschka. The American artists, Pollock and his Abstract Expressionist was also inspired by El Greco works. Even the figurative art of the fifties and sixties of Bacon, Giacometti or Saura owes part to the artist.