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El Greco's Visual Poetics

October 16 (Tue.)– December 24 (Mon.Holiday), 2012

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As we approach the 400th anniversary of the Spanish master El Greco's death (1541-1614), the museum is honored to present the largest retrospective of the artist's work ever held in Japan. The approximately 50 works, primarily oil paintings, will include the legendary altarpiece The Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (making its first appearance in Japan), and a selection of other pieces from over a dozen museums around the world such as the Museo del Prado in Madrid and a number of churches in Toledo.

  • Organizers: The National Museum of Art, Osaka, NHK Osaka Station,
    NHK Plan Net,Inc. Kinki Branch Office, The Asahi Shimbun
  • Supported: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of Spain in Japan
  • Sponsored by: Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Kinden Corporation, Takenaka Corporation
  • Cooperation from: Tourist Office of Spain, AIRFRANCE, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
    Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Mary Magdalene, 1576
the Szépmüvészeti Múzeum ,Budapest
©Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest,5640

Fray Hortensio Félix de Paravicino, 1611
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Photograph© 2012 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Annunciation, 1576
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
©Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza,Madrid

Inmaculada Concepción "Oballe", 1607-1613
Propiedad de la Parroquia de San Nicolás de Toledo.
España.Depósito en el Museo de Santa Cruz de Toledo. España.
©Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari. Toledo. Spain.


Opening Hours

10:00–17:00, Fridays until 19:00
Admission until 30 minutes before closing


(Except for December 24(Mon.,Holiday))

Admission Fee

Adults : 1500 Yen (1200 Yen)
University students : 1200 Yen (900 Yen)
High school students : 600 Yen (400 Yen)

  • * Including "Miyanaga Aiko: Nakasora - The Reason for Eternity ", "Collection"
  • * ( ) Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more
  • * Children (up to Junior High school students), disabled people with one attendant: Free
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