If there is any historical character associated with Toledo, it is El Greco, who spent a large part of his life in this beautiful city and where he produced his best works. And in Toledo, where he is also buried, we have his museum.
The El Greco Museum is the perfect place to visit if you want to learn more about the life and work of El Greco. Built during the 20th century on top of a 16th century Renaissance palace, we can divide the museum tour into three clearly differentiated areas.
These areas would be made up of the archaeological remains of the museum itself, the Marqués de la Vega-Inclán area and the El Greco area.
What to see at the El Greco Museum in Toledo
On the site purchased by the Marquis de la Vega-Inclán to build the El Greco House and Museum, there were brick galleries known as caves.
These caves in the gardens are usually the main area where the visit to the museum begins.
The main attraction of these caves, which are a kind of galleries, is that they are the only remaining remains of the Palace of Samuel Leví, who was treasurer of Pedro I whose identification corresponds to the mid-fourteenth century.
From here we can access the interior of the building and enjoy the wonderful El Greco Museum.
The area of El Marqués and its museum
It is a fact that the Marquis de la Vega-Inclán had great importance in highlighting the figure and work of El Greco.
Despite the fact that recent studies have confirmed that El Greco did not live as such in this house museum, this area is of great interest because we can also find a large number of works that have not been made by El Greco. These works were acquired in their day by the Marquis for the purpose of being able to contextualize the work of El Greco.
Within this area we find the museum patio, a historic patio belonging to the 16th century that has neo-Mudejar plasterwork and has the style of Toledo patios. You can also visit the kitchen, a recreation where daily life in the house is represented and where you can see the domestic trousseau of the time.
Finally, there is the room of the Museum of Spanish art. Inside this room we can find great works by various authors other than Greco himself.
El Greco area
Finally we find the area that is dedicated in all its splendor to El Greco. After having been able to appreciate more art during the previous rooms, it is much easier to be able to contextualize the figure of El Greco himself.
In this area we will find a large amount of audiovisual material where we can learn from the origins of El Greco to his figure in Toledo. Of course you can enjoy some of the most famous paintings by Greco himself and also some works by his followers where you can see the influence he had on them in their corresponding rooms.
Within this area we will find scenarios that are related to El Greco before Toledo and El Greco in Toledo where the historical life of the author is reviewed in detail. We will also find interesting rooms such as the Chapel where we can see an altarpiece by El Greco and various sculptures of interest.
Finally, we will also find an area dedicated to the Taller del Greco. This area simply tries to explain how the workshops of the time worked, specifically, Greco’s own workshop, the climax to get to know this great painter much better.