Great memories came flooding back when I saw your post for inspiration. This was one of my two favorite pieces in the Milwaukee Art Museum. I lived and taught there for about 6 years. Like any other painting, to really appreciate it, you have to see it for real. I hate using cliches when talking aout painting but beyond the masterful surface and use of paint this piece comes alive. I seriously wanted to touch and bite this painting every time that i saw it. I don't know that I have ever seen better skin tones. If there are magical pieces this is certainly one. The museum's whole 19th century European Genre collection is magnificent. My other favorite piece there was an Odd Nerdrum. I don't think that anyone else has posted him here. Simply genius and his works are huge. Also included the only piece for which I am actually planning a pilgrimage for - The Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eycks.