The Mayor of Heraklion, Mr Giannis Kourakis, presented a few days ago the new museum that opened in the town of Heraklion, in the gate Bethlehem of the Venetian Walls. The museum El Greco: Return home includes works of the famous Cretan artist Domenicos Theotokopoulos, also known as E Greco, who was born in Heraklion in 1541 and died in Toledo, Spain in 1614.
The museum does not include original works of the artist, as these are housed in various museums all over the world, but copies of his paintings, done by three modern painters. The museum also houses the costumes of the movie El Greco (2007), directed by Greek film-maker Iannis Smaragdis. The costumes were designed by the Spanish costume designer Lala Huete and were recently awarded with the Spanish Goya awards. There will also be pictures from the filmings of the movie. The aim of this museum is to get enriched with new copies of the artist's works and certainly with original paintings of El Greco, so that the Cretans will get to know better and be prouder of their ancestor.