Goya: The Secret of the Shadows
Visual Arts • 1h 17m
Directed by David Mauas • Documentary • With Manuela B. Mena Marqués, Valeriano Bozal, Jesusa Vega, Juliet Wilson-Bareau, Mercedes Águeda Villar and José Hernández • 2011 • 77 minutes
Ramón, a fine art photographer, purchases an anonymous 19th-century portrait in Barcelona. He and the singular experts advising him believe that it is none other than a “Goya in the shadows.” Is it real or false? Is it a farce? Is it a fiction? Do these characters really exist? What are we talking about? A painting? The art market? Goya? Or about Spain? The acquisition of the portrait is the starting point of a journey d’auteur—an approach unique to this particular piece and a contemporary look into the art world, Goya’s universe, and the extraordinary legends that surround him. Mauas draws a suggestive and very personal vision of the great Goya…Investors, handwriting experts, art restorers, auction houses, Spanish State Police Brigade for Historic Heritage and scholars all around the world brings us their own opinion in a story that reminds us to an investigations of Sherlock Holmes and the extraordinary legends that surround him.
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