CEEH Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica

El Greco, pintor de lo invisible

This documentary sets El Greco in his historical context in order to understand him as the creator of a new artistic language. Building on his experience as a painter of icons, his major achievement was to translate the mysteries of religion into images that spoke to sixteenth and seventeenth-century man, conveying to him mystical visions in a manner that was acknowledged to be innovative even then. It 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.

The story is a fascinating journey through space and time: from his native Crete, where he made small devotional icons, to his settling permanently in Toledo, where he went on to create gigantic altarpieces for churches and convents, and also including his fundamental stint in Venice and Rome, where he was fully in contact with the Italian Renaissance masters. His highly personal synthesis of eastern and western painting techniques gave rise to one of the most original styles in the history of European art.

Direction

Miguel Ángel Trujillo

Academic Advisor

Xavier Bray

Production

Angular Producciones with the collaboration of Fundación El Greco 2014 and the CEEH

Run time

52 minutes

D.L.

M-4522-2014

Audio

Spanish, English, French

Subtitles

English, French

Price

12.40€ VAT not included