Here is an amusing little confection from Italian artist Milo Manara. It is a behind the scenes (and behind the subject) illustration based upon François Boucher's painting of Victoire O'Murphy, the older sister of Louis XIV's mistress Mary-Louise O'Murphy de Boisfaily.
It is an illustration from a book called Pentiti! (repent) by Rudolph Angermüller, which illustrates the story of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro. Rather surprisingly, given the somewhat racy nature of some of Manara's illustrations, the project was conceived by the Mozart Association of Italy as part of the official celebrations for the 250th anniversary of the birth of the composer in 2006. Indeed, Dr. Angermüller is Secretary General of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg. We'll feature a few more of Manara's illustrations for this book over on The Seduction of Venus shortly