You really have to see this painting in person, or at least see it in larger format in a book, to fully appreciate it. When you see the detail of the art books scattered on the floor (can you spot the Vermeer pearl earring picture?) it is easy to understand why it took Desiderio ten years to complete this large canvas.
Vincent Desiderio (American, b. 1955)
Copyright: Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Lee Stalsworth.