Everyone knows you can’t keep your teeth practicing typical 18th century hygiene. However, since this self-portrait has Joseph Ducreux sporting a full set, one could imagine that it was probably created to mock the public, with an expression that says: “That’s right! I’ve been hiding the Colgate!” But since that’s open to interpretation, sometimes people will read into it differently, like this example. However, the question remains: Isn’t procuring the attentions of a fair young maiden the main point of acquiring currency?
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