CULTURE & ARTS
07/19/2010 09:39 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Los Angeles County Museum on Fire: Bert Cooper's Freaky Octopus Picture

Mad Men is one of the few TV series in which the creators know something about art (unlike, say, Work of Art). Not only are the Sterling Cooper offices a wet dream of mid-century modern design, but one of the characters is an art collector. That's founding partner Bert Cooper, played by Robert Morse. He's an Ayn Rand-reading Japanophile who covets Rothko as well as traditional Asian art. Cooper's most recherche prize, revealed on the third season's opening episode, is a print of a woman being ravished by two octopuses. Gloating over the acquisition, Cooper asks, "Who is the man who imagined her ecstasy?"

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