“One day I determined to paint a wonderful portrait of you. It was to have been my masterpiece. It is my masterpiece.
But, as I worked at it, every flake and film of color seemed to me to reveal my secret. I grew afraid that the world would know of my idolatry. I felt, Dorian, that I had told too much. Then it was that I resolved never to allow the picture to be exhibited.”
The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)