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El Greco and the Inquisitor

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In the 16th century in Crete, when the isle was under Venetian occupation, a rebel, who was sentenced to death by the authorities, escapes and finds shelter at the painter Domenicos Theotocopoulos’s atelier. His wounds still bleeding, he poses for the “Passion of Christ”, Domenicos’s last painting before he moved abroad.

El Greco, a genuine and independent man, leaves his birth place to go first to Venice and then to Rome in search of commissions and recognition. Unique and rebellious as he is, he opposes the artistic establishment of Italy and leaves once again, to Spain this time.

In Toledo, Greco develops his personal style, which will make him famous all over the world, living through periods of great success, and others of financial and professional crisis.

He is an eccentric painter and a foreigner, which brings him into endless confrontations with the religious dogmatism of Spain, at the dangerous time of the Holy Inquisition led by the terrible Grand Inquisitor. Although his work contravenes the Rule of the Church of Spain, Greco still manages to establish his painting, at the risk of his own life.

Before he dies, El Greco passes his knowledge onto his one and only and beloved son, Jorge Manuel, hoping that he will succeed him.

 

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Greco Exandas, 2003, 244 p.

Plaitakis Babis

Babis Plaitakis was born in 1949. He studied medicine and art and he has worked for emissions concerning art on TV. He has also worked for the theatre and cinema and organized some cultural events on Art. 

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