In a key scene of one of my in-progress short stories, I reference a specific title of a Dali painting and describe it in detail. The description is really serves as symbolic metaphor for some of the themes (namely addiction) embodied by the story. My questions: I've italicized the name of the painting (it's a rather long title)--is this proper? Without reading the piece this may be hard to answer, but does the inclusion of such a specific, "real" painting along with a very "real" (albeit creative) description of the work somehow compromise the fictional world I've created in the story? Perhaps some of you have come across an instance where an author references a painting in fiction and thus can offer some insight.