Special Exhibitions

El Greco's Visual Poetics

January 19 (Sat) – April 7 (Sun), 2013

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A major retrospective devoted to El Greco, ahead of the 400th anniversary of the great Spanish painter’s death. El Greco (born Doménikos Theotokópoulos, 1541-1614) was active in the Spanish Golden Age, in the 16th to 17th centuries. Along with Velazquez and Goya, he counts among Spain’s three great painters. Born in Crete, he trained in Venice and Rome then moved to Toledo, Spain. There, he won high acclaim among clerics and luminaries with religious paintings whose figures elongate into flame-like forms and with portraits capturing the sitter’s essential character. Picasso and other great masters of the 20th century also admired El Greco’s works.
This exhibition will present 51 works of oils and tempera on loan from world-renowned art museums around the world, including the Prado, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Boston Art Museum. The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, a painting over three meters in height, will also be displayed in Japan for the first time in the largest El Greco exhibition ever held in this country.


January 19 (Sat) – April 7 (Sun), 2013
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, February 12 (Open the Mondays of February 11)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

Group tickets |
General ¥1,300 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※Group rates - 20 or more people

※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
※In each case, please show identification

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), NHK, NHK Promotions, The Asahi Shimbun Company
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of Spain
Sponsored by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, SOFTONIC INTERNATIONAL S.L.
Cooperation with
National Tourist Office of Spain, Air France, All Nippon Airways