El Greco of Toledo and Spanish Culture in the 
Golden Age

The Burial of Count Orgaz, El Greco, 1586. Santo Tomé, Toledo, Spain. Image in public domain.

Spain in the 1500s was a powerful force in the politics, religion, and culture of Western Europe—in no small part because of wealth from the Americas. This exhibition explores the art, influence, intellectual life, and religious fervor in Spain, as reflected in the paintings and life of El Greco.


El Greco of Toledo and Spanish Culture in the Golden Age highlights both the grandeur and intensity of Spain in the Golden Age and the unique vision of this Greek artist, who became the greatest Spanish painter of his day, and one of the greatest artists of Western civilization. Nineteen panels feature an impressive display of color reproductions illustrating the range and beauty of El Greco's artistry. Panel topics include:

  • Early paintings in Italy
  • Views of Toledo
  • Biblical stories and persons
  • Saints and legends
  • Cardinals and priests
  • Political allegory
  • Secular patrons
  • Mythological subjects

El Greco is an exhibition organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art, with assistance from the National Gallery of Art and the Toledo (Ohio) Museum of Art.

Exhibition Format

Wall-hanging (Copy 1) 
Content19 single-sided panels
Space RequirementsTBD
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 1 crate:
  • 39" x 29" x 42" - 255 lbs.
Rental Fee*$400*
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 10 posters

Publicity Materials

Press release

El Greco press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 business days for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

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2020-2021 Bookings

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

On Display

St. Martin and the Beggar, by El Greco, ca. 1597-1599. National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection.