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El Greco

1991 El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos), FŠbula. National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh. Oil on canvas, photographically reproduced as a postcard. Sent by Gert Jan van Dijk.

Gert rightly asks "Which fable?" One possibility might be the Bidpay fable about the busybody bird who bothers the chimpanzees trying to blow a glow-worm into a flame. The apes eventually grab the intrusive bird and choke it. At any rate, one of the two men seems to have a flame in a protected surrounding, to be blowing on it, and to be about to light a small candle from it. Another man and a monkey look on.