El Greco (Domenicos Theotocopulos), Spanish (born Crete, active Italy and Toledo), 1541 - 1614
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El Greco was born in the Venetian territory of Crete and trained in Venice before moving to Rome. There he encountered the work of Michelangelo, whose influence is visible in the composition of this Lamentation. After leaving Rome, El Greco lived and worked in Spain, where he painted most of his masterpieces.
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