Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Each episode of Portrait of an Artist offers an intimate peek at the life and work of an important figure in the world of art. Not just a dry discussion of the major works, this is an exploration of the environment that produced the artist and influenced his work. From interviews with family and friends, to short trips to an artist's favorite haunts, no stone is left unturned. In this particular episode, viewers explore the life and work of El Greco, an artist whose religious beliefs and work were inextricably intertwined. In this video, viewers examine the influences on the artist's work, including the Counter Reformation and his early work as an iconographer.