Lecture 24 July 2014 at 2.30 pm given by Imogen Corrigan

Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as The Greek, became one of Spain’s most successful Mannerist painters. Born on Crete and starting out as an icon painter, he went to Italy and then to Spain where he remained staunchly Greek and a foreigner, until he died in Toledo aged 73. Despite professional success in his lifetime, he was a poor manager, constantly in debt, and a regular participant in law suits. Some have criticized his work, wondering if he was actually insane or even if he had an eye disorder. Others have been unable to resist the intense spirituality of line, his towering, flame-like figures and jewel colours. Although he trained with and was influenced by Renaissance greats such as Titan and Tintoretto, he developed his own distinctive style that makes his work instantly recognisable, although many are surprised to learn that he lived in the sixteenth/seventeenth centuries and not in more modern times.

First Class Honours Degree in Medieval History from the University of Kent and currently studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Freelance lecturer in Anglo-Saxon and Medieval History and Art for Kent Federation of History, the National Trust and specialist travel companies. Has run numerous lecture tours in UK and Europe.