Evidently Portia has a lot of free time today, and so she has thoughtfully supplied the answer to today's exercise.
And what do you know, it really is all about S-E-X!
Portia kindly provided a brighter version of the same painting.
But I still don't see any cake.
I'm restless and frustrated.
Time for CSI Art.
I read recently about a program where New York City detectives were taken (by surprise) to a famed NYC museum to study...art. The drill was for them to delve into the scenes depicted in famous and not famous paintings and explain what was going on. It was/is a lesson in observation so vivid that even those already so naturally atuned to soak in every detail found the experience both enlightening and enjoyable. Hell, I say, if it was good enough for the NYPD, than how much damage could I possibly do to the concept?
Tonight's subject: The Letter, by Vermeer.
(click pic for bigger)
What do you see, detective?