Saturday, February 7, 2015

Neo-Medieval (Toledo Photos, Part III)

The Toledo train station:

This building was purchased in the early 20th century by a marquis who erroneously believed it to be the painter El Greco's house and studio. He restored it to the way he thought it might have been during El Greco's lifetime. What amazed me was that even though this represented a new way of trying to study history and display art and artifacts, nobody in the marquis' circle seemed at all skeptical that this might or might not have been El Greco's house, or might or might not have been restored accurately.

This is the view from the courtyard of the Greco house towards El Tránsito.
An early 20th century imagining of El Greco's kitchen.
Reproductions of medieval ceremonial keys to the city, with Latin and Arabic inscriptions as the teeth:

And somebody seems to have imagined up a portrait of Judah ibn Tibbon, the translator who is the subject of my book project:

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