Here’s an fun take on one of my favorite paintings. I’d love to see the original painting in person. Everyone mentions it’s scale and well it’s controversial to boot! Someday I shall get to the Louvre.
An illustrative painting, it was based on real events, illustration as painting or vice-versa. Lots more information at the Paintings Wikipedia Article.
As Patrick mentions in the comments, seems The Pogue’s lampooned the image as well for their LP Cover – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, in 1985. I could not find a larger or cleaner version, but here’s the image from their website.