Paolo Veronese, The Annointing of David, c. 1550
During the spiritualism craze that swept Victorian London in the 1860s, John Ruskin would occasionally allow himself to be brought along by fashionable ladies to complete the circle at séances. On one such evening, Ruskin and a group of earnest seekers had seated themselves around an elegant table in a darkened Mayfair drawing room. They were trying to access "the other side" when the medium in charge suddenly announced in a quavering voice: "John Ruskin! John Ruskin! Do you wish to speak to your grandmother?"
"I do not," Ruskin replied with alacrity, "I wish to speak to Paolo Veronese."
- Dave Hickey in Art in America, November 2000.