2014 marks the 400th anniversary of El Greco’s death in Toledo, Spain. To commemorate the event the Historic Museum of Crete and the Benaki Museum in Athens are presenting an important exhibition called “Domenikos Theotokopoulos between Venice and Rome” to be held from 21 June to 25 October 2014 at the museum in Heraklion and then at the Benaki Museum in Athens until the end of the year.
The CyI Imaging Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage (ICACH) applied Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) photography on three celebrated paintings from the early career of Cretan artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos (1541-1614), known as El Greco during his illustrious career in Spain.
Results have offered new, detailed evidence and valuable observations on El Greco’s work, technique and style during a transformative period for the Cretan artist. This project opportunity has underlined CyI’s expert contribution in the cross-disciplinary analysis of artistic heritage; as a result, ICACH will document other works by the artist in Athens and Crete and to participate in exhibitions and symposia organized in 2014, designated as El Greco Year.
A special presentation (March 28) was also organized at the 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities/ Greek Ministry of Culture with the participation of archaeologists and a representative of the Syros Bishopric, owner of El Greco’s Dormition of the Virgin ( dated 1565-66).
Following the RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) documentation of three paintings by the famous Cretan artist Domenikos Theotocopoulos known as El Greco in Nicosia (January 2013) STARC’s Nikolas Bakirtzis and Ropertos Georgiou were invited to present the results in Athens.