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Three other signed works of "Doménicos" are attributed to El Greco (Modena Triptych, St.Luke Painting the Virgin and Child, and The Adoration of the Magi).
In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works.In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best-known paintings.El Greco's dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century.There he came into contact with the intellectual elite of the city, including the Roman scholar Fulvio Orsini, whose collection would later include seven paintings by the artist (View of Mt. Unlike other Cretan artists who had moved to Venice, El Greco substantially altered his style and sought to distinguish himself by inventing new and unusual interpretations of traditional religious subject matter.His works painted in Italy were influenced by the Venetian Renaissance style of the period, with agile, elongated figures reminiscent of Tintoretto and a chromatic framework that connects him to Titian.He left for Venice a few years later, and never returned to Crete.
His Dormition of the Virgin, of before 1567 in tempera and gold on panel was probably created near the end of El Greco's Cretan period.
During the 1570s the huge monastery-palace of El Escorial was still under construction and Philip II of Spain was experiencing difficulties in finding good artists for the many large paintings required to decorate it.
Titian was dead, and Tintoretto, Veronese and Anthonis Mor all refused to come to Spain.
By painting portraits of Michelangelo, Titian, Clovio and, presumably, Raphael in one of his works (The Purification of the Temple), El Greco not only expressed his gratitude but also advanced the claim to rival these masters.
As his own commentaries indicate, El Greco viewed Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael as models to emulate.
Like many Orthodox emigrants to Catholic areas of Europe, some assert that he may have transferred to Catholicism after his arrival, and possibly practiced as a Catholic in Spain, where he described himself as a "devout Catholic" in his will.