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Exhibition on Screen: Goya – Visions of Flesh and Blood (PG)

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Exhibition on Screen: Goya

Heir to Velázquez, hero to Picasso. Discover Spain’s celebrated artist with this cinematic tour de force based on the National Gallery’s must-see exhibition Goya: The Portraits.

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. Through extensive location footage, Goya’s revealing letters and a unique exhibition of masterpieces from great collections across the world, this film builds a fascinating portrait of the painter and the colourful world he painted.

Influenced by Rembrandt and Velázquez, Goya explored a new realism where he was not afraid to reveal what he saw physically and psychologically. Yet this did not stop him securing major commissions from powerful individuals. Royalty, aristocrats, politicians and close friends were subjected to his highly modern approach that captured rapid changes of expression, gesture and emotion.

UK 2015 Dir David Bickerstaff 95 min

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