El Greco was a famous artist from the late Renaissance period. He was born on the Greek island of Crete in 1514, which was the Kingdom of Candia. He trained in painting from a young age in
300px-El Greco - View of Toledo - Google Art Project
Crete, moved to Venice, Rome, Madrid and finally the famous Spanish town of Toledo, which was the religous capital of Spain and a very busy town. Here he painted lots of paintings, but there is only one that stands out - the famous View of Toledo.

View of Toledo is one of the most famous landscape paintings of all. Painted in between 1596-1600, it depicts a wide shot of the Spanish town Toledo, where he settled. It is one of only two surviving landscapes painted by El Greco in his later years. It is known for being painted unlike any other style that was popular at the time. With a sharp contrast between the landscape, the clouds and the sky, it is a benchmark for landscape paintings. It is hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, America.

So what's your opinion? Do you like it or not? Have you ever seen it at the gallery? Does it inspire your art?

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