Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts

The work of El Greco remained relatively neglected until 1908, when the art historian Manuel Bartolomé Cossío devoted a monograph to him and later, in 1910, when art collector Marqués de la Vega-Inclán established in Toledo the Museo de El Greco in his honor. Today, he is regarded as one of the founders of the Spanish School of painting.

In addition to outlining the key role played by those responsible for this spectacular rediscovery, the exhibition presents a fascinating overview of the painter’s artistic development through a unique selection of outstanding works, including The Disrobing of Christ (1577-79) and The Tears of Saint Peter (1603-1607). The highlight of the exhibition is El Greco’s final series, Apostles (1610-14), which is his artistic testament: a complete, astonishingly modern series of 13 portraits in extraordinarily bright colors. After this visit to the Centre for Fine Arts the series will return to the Museo de El Greco in Toledo, which it will likely never leave again.

February 4th through April 9th, 2010
Palais des Beaux-Arts
Rue Ravenstein 23
1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
T. +32 (0)2 507 82 00