The best oil painting on books I’ve ever seen. How I wish it were my library. The painting reflects the introspective mood of most scholars during Napoleonic wars. The old man, it seems, is oblivious to the affairs of the mundane world. The painting is outright satirical and sneers at intellectuals who seek the dusty solitude of the library. It wasn’t such a bad habit Mr.Spitzweg. People do much worse.