Lotus Formula One team to honor El Greco
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Lotus Formula One team to honor El Greco

Lotus F1 Team, on the initiative of owner Gérard Lopez, will pay homage to Greek painter El Greco with a special livery for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix on May 9-11.

The team’s E22 will feature branding of the major El Greco exhibition currently taking place in Toledo, Spain, which commemorates the 400 years since the death of the leading figure of the Renaissance through his work as a painter.

A commemorative helmet will be presented to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy on May 8 in La Moncloa, and to His Majesty King Juan Carlos I during his planned visit to the Lotus F1 Team motorhome at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday May 11.

“This is the first time a Formula One team has publicized a cultural event so prominently,» said Gérard Lopez, owner, co-chairman and team principal of the Lotus F1 Team. «We will promote the El Greco exhibition — for no commercial fee — to a global TV audience of over 600 million people. Through this the legend of El Greco will be displayed in support of Culture and cultural tourism in Spain.”

The «El Greco» exhibition in Toledo currently receives thousands of visitors as one of the largest ever to gather together practically every work by the 16th century painter. El Greco is regarded as one of the greatest artists of Western civilization. This accolade has been formed over the last 100 years, changing opinions previously held regarding his paintings during the two and a half centuries following his death.

Source: Autoweek