just read that bit in Henry VI pt 2 where York is monologuing about Jack Cade and………..is it just me or is he a teeny bit turned on by talking about him? For example: He seems to spend a lot of time gazing at Jack and his thighs during battles 


The Sleeping Gypsy by Molly

<br /><i>Via Flickr:</i>
<br />Henri Rousseau. (French, 1844-1910). The Sleeping Gypsy. 1897. Oil on canvas, 51&quot; x 6' 7&quot; (129.5 x 200.7 cm). Gift of Mrs. Simon Guggenheim

On view at MoMA

Publication excerpt The Museum of Modern Art, MoMA Highlights, New York: The Museum of Modern Art, revised 2004, originally published 1999, p. 29

As a musician, the gypsy in this painting is an artist; as a traveler, she has no clear social place. Lost in the self-absorption that is deep, dreaming sleep, she is dangerously vulnerable—yet the lion is calmed and entranced.

The Sleeping Gypsy is formally exacting—its contours precise, its color crystalline, its lines, surfaces, and accents carefully rhymed. Rousseau plays delicately with light on the lion’s body. A letter of his describes the painting’s subject: “A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her (a vase with drinking water), overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic. The scene is set in a completely arid desert. The gypsy is dressed in oriental costume.”

A sometime douanier (toll collector) for the city of Paris, Rousseau was a self-taught painter, whose work seemed entirely unsophisticated to most of its early viewers. Much in his art, however, found modernist echoes: the flattened shapes and perspectives, the freedom of color and style, the subordination of realistic description to imagination and invention. As a consequence, critics and artists appreciated Rousseau long before the general public did.

MAD magazine did some art spoofs when I was a kid and I remember they did something about this painting.