Step into my gallery
Somebody needs to take the CD-ROM out of my art history book cover before I do this again. I can't stop myself. Seriously.
Most people think that mind-altering drugs have only been available in the last few centuries. Wrong. As evidence, here's a scene from Botticelli; everyone appears to be having an awfully good time considering they're out in the sticks. Every last one of them is high:
Sandro Botticelli, Tripping Balls, c. 1482. Tempera on wood with oil glazes. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
They're not the only ones. Fur Traders on the Mississippi and Missouri needed a way to pass the long days on the river:George Caleb Bingham, We Are So Baked, 1845. Oil on canvas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Next up, did this guy take a spill or is it an attempt at "interspecies erotica" gone wrong? You decide.
Caravaggio, Bad Night in Tijuana, c. 1601. Oil on Canvas. Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.
Far from being noble, loyal servants, General Officers' staffs in the British Army would steal anything not nailed down or closely watched:Benjamin West, Dibs on His Watch!, 1770. Oil on canvas, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.