This fine little museum adjacent to the old synagogue finally came into its own when Spain celebrated 2014 as the fourth centenary of El Greco’s death. A remake of the shabby (and frankly inauthentic) El Greco House, it opened in 2011 with several period gardens, Mudéjar-style cave rooms, and many of El Greco’s later works. The museum claims to be the only one in Spain devoted exclusively to El Greco and does an admirable job of tracing the artist’s impact on his adopted city—and vice versa. Among the most notable pieces here are a set of portraits of the apostles, the retablo of San Bernardino, and one version of the celebrated View and Plan of Toledo. But the museum has wisely collected work by other Mannerist and Baroque painters that serve to place El Greco in a broader artistic and historic context.
- Frommer's Staff