Two and a half years ago -- it seems like a century -- I noted the picture below on the front page of the New York Times and asked which Old Masters painting it brought most distinctly to mind.

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A variety of great suggestions from readers can be found here.

Just now reader JY sends along a photo from the front page of the Montreal Gazette, with this explanation:
I recall you once had a great blog item/feature/observation about the Renaissance art qualities of a photo of Obama advisers. The sheer awesomeness of this photograph made me think of that post. And it's extra great because it comes from....Italy!
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Indeed. Viva l'Italia. For another great golden-oldie from the Italian culture collection, see the "Musical Christmas treat" from two years ago.