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TITLE: EL Greco - Painter of the Invisible
Director: Miguel Angel Trujillo

Genre: Art Documentary

Format: HD



Company: CEEH

Runtime: 52' minutes.

ID: 408.




For many people the name of El Greco conjures up visions of brightly coloured paintings dominated by strangely proportioned figures with elongated bodies. Why did he paint in such a peculiar way? And who would have wanted to purchase such bizarre compositions? This documentary shows El Greco in his historical context in order to understand him as the creator of a new artistic language. Building on his experience as painter of icons, his major achievement was to translate the mysteries of religion into images that spoke to a sixteenth and seventeenth century public, conveying mystical visions in a manner that was acknowledged to be innovative even then. Filmmaker Miguel Angel Trujillo explains how El Greco achieved such a personal style and identifies the keys to his art, which would have a huge influence on modern painting from 1860 onwards. Contributors include Xavier Bray, Chief Conservator of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, Fernando Marias, Professor of History in Madrid, Yanni Petsopoulos,Arts Consultant in London, Nicos Hadjinicolaou, Professor emeritus on Crete and Leticia Ruiz of the Prado in Madrid.