About the Artist
El Greco (1541–1614) was born Domenikos Theotokopoulos in Crete. He began his career as a painter of icons for Byzantine churches. Moving to Italy and then to Spain, his work fused lessons learned from the glories of Byzantium with the ravishing color of Venetian art and the elegant artificialities of Roman mannerism. Settling in Toledo, he created a passionate outpouring of work. He painted haunting portraits of saints and scholars, biblical scenes, martyrdoms, and miracles in a highly personal, visionary style charged with emotion and drama. His work puzzled many contemporaries, but later artists, including Picasso, considered him a prophet of modernism.
This film was made possible by the HRH Foundation and was produced by the department of exhibition programs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, in conjunction with the exhibition El Greco in the National Gallery of Art and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration. This documentary includes original footage of El Greco’s paintings, the locations where he lived and worked, and interviews with scholars from Spain and the United States.
- 30 minutes
- English subtitles available, closed captioned
- DVD Bonus: Slide show of works by El Greco from the film
- Released: 2014
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