"Card Players" by Francisco de Goya
Jump ahead 200 years and the giant of Spanish art, Goya, has decided to get into the game, the result – a beautiful portrayal of men getting together under a tree for a rousing game of Hearts. Poker night has always been a great excuse for a night of male bonding. In this joy filled painting though, looking at the smiles on their faces, it looks to me like these males are taking the bonding a little too far, if you know what I mean. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Card Player Painter’s Underlying Theme #2: LOVE. Aha! Now we are getting somewhere.