Clockwise from top: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) Tepidarium 1882; Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82) Venus Verticordia
1864-8; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Lament for Icarus 1898; Herbert Draper (1863-1920) The Gates of Dawn 1900; Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) The Fisherman and the Siren c.
Given the choice, I would rather have the lovely Venus Verticordia
hanging on my wall than one of Tracey Emin's scrawls.
As Venus Verticordia
, for example, she was charged with the protection of chastity in women and girls.
Munch's Madonna is nude, but the glimpse of a nipple in Rossetti's Venus Verticordia
is highly unusual, this being one of the only two nudes among his completed paintings.