1541 Born Domenikos Theotokopoulos near Herakleion (then called Candia) in Crete the son of a tax collector.
1563 It seems that he has become a master painter by this date.
1568 He is recorded as being in Venice by this date. He visits Titian’s studio (possibly studying under his guidance).
1570 Travels to Rome, visiting Parma, Verona and Florence on the way.
1572 Becomes a member of the Academy of St Luke in Rome. Opens a workshop.
1577 Travels to Madrid, probably in search of royal commissions for the decoration of the Escorial. Moves on to Toledo.
1581 Philip II commissions The Martyrdom of St Maurice and the Theban Legion.
1584 The Martydom of St Maurice is rejected by the king.
1588 Completes his masterpiece, the Burial of Count Orgaz.
1614 Dies in Toledo.
1577 The Assumption of the Virgin, Chicago, Art Institute
1586 The Burial of Count Orgaz, Toledo, Santo Tomé
c1590 Christ on the Cross Adored by Two Donors, Paris, Musée du Louvre
1590s The Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, London, National Gallery
1592 The Apostles Peter and Paul, Saint Petersburg, State Hermitage Museum
c1595 Saint Jerome as Cardinal, London, National Gallery
1600 Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple, London, National Gallery.
c1600 Portrait of a Cardinal, probably Cardinal Fernando Nino de Guevara, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1597-1604 The Resurrection, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
c1605 View of Toledo, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art
1605 Portrait of Fray Felix Hortensio Paravicino, Boston, Museum of fine Arts
1614 Adoration of the Shepherds, Madrid, Museo Nacional del Prado
1608-14 The Opening of the Fifth Seal of the Apocalypse, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art