I stumbled across this fascinating GIF on tumblr.
Caption:masked men arouse strange desires.
#GabFam, do you find this to be a fundamental right, and why does this GIF indeed "arouse strange desires"? Perhaps danger? Or the inherent mystery... a vacuum?
Matejko was fascinated by Stańczyk from the times of his youth, and portrayed him in several of his works (most notably, besides the painting discussed here, in Consecration of King Sigismund's Bell, 1874 and Prussian Homage, 1882).