Filmed and directed by David Bickerstaff
Produced by Phil Grabsky
HD video | 16:9 | 90 min
Francisco Goya is Spain’s most celebrated artist and considered the father of modern art. Not only a brilliant observer of everyday life and Spain’s troubled past, he is a gifted portrait painter and social commentator par excellence. Goya takes the genre of portraiture to new heights and his genius is reappraised in a landmark exhibition at The National Gallery, London. Through Goya’s revealing letters and a unique collection of masterpieces rarely assembled in one place, we build a fascinating portrait Goya’s life and the colourful world he painted.
Influenced by Rembrandt and Velazquez, Goya explored a new realism where he did not flatter, and was not afraid to reveal what he saw physically and psychologically. Yet this did not stop him securing major commissions from powerful individuals seeking the prestige of being painted by the best artist of the day. Royalty, aristocrats, politicians and close friends were subjected to his highly modern approach that captured rapid changes of expression, gesture and emotion. Goya’s powerful vision and technical brilliance makes him one of the most admired and revered artists in the world.
Readings by Carlos Riera
Performances by Hugh Sachs
Narration by Lena Hodgson
Music by Asa Bennett
Showing in cinemas worldwide, 2015/2016 - for more information, click here - EXHIBITION ON SCREEN