My muse: A race horse called Frankel

Updated 6:56 PM ET, Sun October 21, 2012
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Artist Michael Kirkbride's painting, "Armchair Ride," was inspired by a poem about Frankel demolishing the field in last year's 2000 Guineas race. Courtesy Mick Kirkbride
Kirkbride painted the piece in egg tempura; a mixture of colored pigment and egg yolk which dates back to the 1st Century. Lauren Said-Moorhouse/CNN
The British artist is perhaps best known for his paintings of English football scenes, including "Bar Kick," a surrealist look at sporting revelry in a pub. Courtesy Michael Kirkbride
British thoroughbred Frankel remained unbeaten in 14 consecutive races. The colt won his last ever race in the Champions Stakes at Ascot. Getty Images
Leonardo da Vinci's 16th Century masterpiece "Mona Lisa," on display in Paris's Musee du Louvre, is one of the most visited artworks in the world. The famous portrait is thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. Getty Images
Pablo Picasso's 1937 painting "Weeping Woman" depicted long-time mistress Dora Maar. Their notoriously tempestuous relationship lasted nine years. Getty Images
Frida Kahlo was the wife and muse of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. An acclaimed artist in her own right, today Frida is the more renowned of the pair, with actress Salma Hayek playing her in the 2002 biographical film "Frida." Getty Images
Spanish artist Salvador Dali's wife Gala featured in many of his works, including 1949 painting "The Madonna of Port Lligat". She was also the muse of first husband, French poet Paul Eluard. Getty Images
Andy Warhol catapulted model and actress Edie Sedgwick to "It Girl" status in his avant-garde films of the 1960s. Getty Images
British artist Lucien Freud caused a stir with his 1995 painting of Job Centre supervisor Sue Tilley, called "Benefits Supervisor Sleeping." The naked woman weighed around 127kg at the time. Getty Images