El Greco, Mystical Renegade

Christ Chasing the Merchants from the Temple, c. 1575, by El Greco. Oil on canvas. (Minneapolis Institute of Art, courtesy of the museum)
Paris’s Greco is imperfect as a show, but the art is gorgeous.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE R un, don’t walk, to see an El Greco show. Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco (1541–1614), is uniquely sublime and rarely had a bad day, so an exhibition of his work is certain to inspire. It doesn’t matter if the show’s intellectually dodgy or awkwardly arranged or blandly interpreted. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Timbuktu. Run, don’t walk. He’s that good.

Paris is far nicer than Timbuktu. The new show at the Grand Palais is called “Greco.” That warned me. El Greco now has a brand. The name says it all. Slap “Greco” on a billboard or banner, and you’ve

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