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Yes, Olympia. . In my eyes, obviously modeled after Titian's Venus of Urbino, but both trumped by Goya's clothed Maja, of which its been said is more sensual than his naked Maja. While I am a big fan of Olympia, (and don't forget another of his masterpieces, A Bar at the Folies-Bergere), upon closer inspection in person, he seemed, to me anyway, to struggle with the execution of her left hand. It's a bit overdone, compared with the softness (!) of the immediate surroundings.

Of Olympia, interesting to retrospect...my wife noticed I loved the painting, so she bought me a note pad of it. At that time, I worked with this black gal...she was super mellow, and we got along great. She saw the note pad and commented, to the effect of, a dislike of it, due to the racial undertones. I was totally oblivious up to that point, and from that day forward, I saw the painting in a different light.
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