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Saturday, April 11, 2009

El Greco, Off Kilter

El Greco, Off Register

Hello everyone! Hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend!

Check out this picture from the cover of a vintage paperback book on El Greco. When I found it today in my favorite thrift store, I thought I was looking at a Dali painting! It's so weird.

Somehow the color register was off in the printing. It reminds me of the old hologram photos I had as a kid (the early versions of a GIF).

Here's more....

el greco

The painting is "St. Martin and the Beggar," which is located in the Capela San Jose at Toledo, according to this musty little book (printed in 1967). You never know what you're going to find at a thrift store.

I should be cooking for brunch tomorrow. But I couldn't resist blogging...

Have a wonderful Easter!


UPDATE:
Hello everyone. Happy Sunday. I'm scrambling like crazy to get brunch together. I can't find the napkins!! Nevertheless, I wanted to post this comment from Talented Tina Tarnoff. I'm going to try her suggestion after a few glasses of champagne today. Ha!

from T. T. Tarnoff:

" The best things always happen by accident, the picture looks absolutely wonderfuly bizarre. I wonder what El Greco would think of this take on his work. And, yes, it does make you feel a bit dizzy, especially if one has had a happy, wine infused night:). That makes me think that maybe if one is very tipsy the picture somehow comes into focus. Should I try?"

20 Comments:

Blogger Char said...

have a beautiful easter!

April 11, 2009 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Cloe said...

I want you to come and scour the thrift stores in my neighborhood, because you shop with the eye of an artist.

April 11, 2009 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Cloe! Thank you!

April 11, 2009 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger LENORENEVERMORE said...

...adore finding something so special at a thriftstore! You've found something quite special here...I had to take doubledouble look!

~XO* ~XO*

April 11, 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

Makes me dizzy if I look at it too long...

April 11, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger .¤.Beah.¤. said...

And the weird thing is that not only for the shapes.. It really looks like a Dali because of the colors, specially this blue.. *-*
I'm amazed! lol

Well.. Happy Easter and cheers from Brazil!

=)

April 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger The Things We Carried said...

Very interesting photo of the book.

Congrats on Bloggers Blogs of Note!

April 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger brittpunk17 said...

wow..I totally thought it was a 3D image before I read the text under the image.Its totally cool looking though.I LOVE IT!!! :D

April 11, 2009 at 10:21 PM  
Anonymous Tina Tarnoff said...

The best things always happen by accident, the picture looks absolutely wonderfuly bizarre. I wonder what El Greco would think of this take on his work. And, yes, it does make you feel a bit dizzy, especially if one has had a happy, wine infused night:). That makes me think that maybe if one is very tipsy the picture somehow comes into focus. Should I try? I'm so thrilled you posted tonight, dearest Tina, you should never leave us like that again:))!
xoxo

P.S.
I want to go thrift shop hunting with you. What fun that would be!

April 11, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

Me too - I should be starting the lunch now not looking at your gorgeous pics! Happy Easter Sunday, xv.

April 12, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Maverick Malone said...

Yes, what an interesting piece! I rather like it, to be honest. Thrifting can be so intersting, don't you think? :)

xox, mavi

April 12, 2009 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Nim said...

wow the picture is vintage amazing... It would look gr8 when framed and hung on a white wall..
i liked ur blog btw...happy easter..:)

April 12, 2009 at 3:35 AM  
Blogger That writer chic... said...

It was printed in the year I was born, 1967. Seems like a lot of good things came out that year. Ha !

Hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Dawn

April 12, 2009 at 6:48 AM  
Blogger fell in the nettles said...

Happy Easter!

xx

April 12, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

wow. all i need now are my 3D glasses to make it pop. happy easter!

April 12, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger FlyingButtons said...

Great to meet you! I'm an almot-famous columnist near Seattle Washington! :) I think I did a 3-D book carving out of a Shakespeare book with similar pictures, it turned out really cool. Wonder if it was the same artist? I will post a pic soon on http://www.HappyFlyingButtons.blogspot.com

Kristin :)

April 12, 2009 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Chris Bassoo said...

From Chris (Christopher) Bassoo, Toronto, Canada

Congrats on being Blog of Note, It is blogs like yours that keep me coming back...great content and set up...keep up the awesome work!!!! again congrats!!!!

From Chris Bassoo Family and the Bassoo Clan in Canada!!!

April 13, 2009 at 5:28 AM  
Blogger Jessica Druck said...

I absolutely love this blog! I do not even know how I stumbled across it...I think somewhere throughout SFGIRLBYBAY...very inspirational and I read your columns often at LA Times. I would love to exchange links!

April 13, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger The Wanderers' Daughter said...

It makes me think of how my grandparents always had large scale El Greco reproductions in their houses in the '60s. They give me a jolt of memory when I see them.

April 13, 2009 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger me melodia said...

This is a treasure.

April 17, 2009 at 6:39 AM  

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