Fine Art Gallery

Below is a collection of artworks that relate to or represent femdom, kink, and fetish themes. With the early works many of these themes are more subtle and implicit, though naturally they become more overt as we reach the mid-19th century. The goal of this collection is to establish and recognize the historical continuity of things that are commonly expressed today through the practice of BDSM.

Phyllis & Aristotle (16th c.) - Bartholomeus Spranger

Phyllis & Aristotle (16th c.)
Bartholomeus Spranger

Depiction of the seductress Phyllis riding Aristotle, “proving that a woman’s charms could overcome even the greatest philosopher’s male intellect.”  The story is believed to have originated in the early 13th century.

Read more about The Tale of Phyllis and Aristotle

Allegory of Peace, Art, and Abundance (1602) - Hans von Aachen

Allegory of Peace, Art, and Abundance (1602)
Hans von Aachen

Allegory of Victory (1635)
Le Nain Brothers

The Bath of Diana (1635-1640) - Peter Paul Rubens

The Bath of Diana (1635-1640)
Peter Paul Rubens

The Roman goddess Diana is often shown bathing, with an attendant at her feet. See other depictions here.

Bronze sculpture (c. 1640-1662) - Leonhard Kern

Bronze sculpture (c. 1640-1662)
Leonhard Kern

Wrestling matches between scantily clad women (and between other kinds of opponents) were a form of court entertainment in 17th c. Italy.

Bronze sculpture (c. 1650-1690) - Ferdinando Tacca

Bronze sculpture (c. 1650-1690)
Ferdinando Tacca

Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654) - Rembrandt

Bathsheba at Her Bath (1654)
Rembrandt

The biblical figure Bathsheba is also often similarly depicted (see below).

A Lady with a servant washing her feet (1690-1700) - Johannes Voorhout

A Lady with a servant washing her feet (1690-1700)
Johannes Voorhout

Allegory on the Vanity of Life (c. 1700)
Andreas von Behn

Pagamangalam, “Auspicious foot (c. 1700)
Unknown

Bathsheba at Her Bath (1725)
Sebastiano Ricci

The Toilet of Psyche (1735) - Charles-Joseph Natoire

The Toilet of Psyche (1735)
Charles-Joseph Natoire

Justice Punishing Injustice (1737) - Jean-Marc Nattier

Justice Punishing Injustice (1737)
Jean-Marc Nattier

Diana Leaving Her Bath (1742) - François Boucher

Diana Leaving Her Bath (1742)
François Boucher

A young woman on a canopied bed... (1749) - Kasam, Son of Gul Muhammad

A young woman on a canopied bed… (1749)
Kasam, Son of Gul Muhammad

Bather (1750)
Torii Kiyomitsu

Two Women Bathing (1763)
Joseph-Marie Vien

Study of a Woman (1802)
Marie-Denise Villers

Les Tribades. Une premiere lecon (c. 1830) - Unknown

Les Tribades. Une premiere lecon (c. 1830)
Unknown

Goddess Drawing a Bow (c. 1832) - Katsushika Taito II

Goddess Drawing a Bow (c. 1832)
Katsushika Taito II

Bathsheba in the Bath (1834) - Francesco Hayez

Bathsheba in the Bath (1834)
Francesco Hayez

Offering a Replacement (1840) - Achille Devéria

Offering a Replacement (1840)
Achille Devéria

Lesbians using a harikata [dildo] (1840)
Utagawa Kunisada

Les Bas-blues, no. 24 (1844) - Honoré Daumier

Depuis que Virginie a obtenu la septième accessit…
Les Bas-blues, no. 24 (1844)
Honoré Daumier

Diana's Toilet (1847) - Alexey Venetsianov

Diana’s Toilet (1847)
Alexey Venetsianov

Bather Sleeping Near a Spring (1850)
Théodore Chassériau

Rosine at Her Dressing Table (1850)
Antoine Wiertz

Amazon Preparing for Battle (c. 1860)
Pierre-Eugène-Emile Hébert

La Femme aux bas blancs (1864) - Gustave Courbet

La Femme aux bas blancs (1864)
Gustave Courbet

For more on Courbet and his nude works, see our article Was Gustave Courbet the First Modern Pornographer?

Shunga with Tengu mask (before 1865) - Unknown

Shunga with Tengu mask (before 1865)
Unknown

Andromeda (1869) - Edward Poynter

Andromeda (1869)
Edward Poynter

La Toilette (1869-1870) - Frédéric Bazille

La Toilette (1869-1870)
Frédéric Bazille

Drawing from the Her Faithful Servant series (c. 1870s) - Heinrich Lossow

Drawing from the Her Faithful Servant series (c. 1870s)
Heinrich Lossow

Illustration for La Roman de Violette (1870) - Frédillo

Illustration for La Roman de Violette (1870)
Frédillo

The Foot-Bath (c. 1870) - After Antoine-Émile Plassan

The Foot-Bath (c. 1870)*
After Antoine-Émile Plassan

After the Bath (1875)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Bather After the Bath (1875)
Andrei Belloli

A Reclining Lady with a Fan (1876) - Eleuterio Pagliani

A Reclining Lady with a Fan (1876)
Eleuterio Pagliani

Illustration for Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso” (1877) - Gustave Doré
Illustration for Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso” (1877) - Gustave Doré (2)

Illustrations for Ariosto’s “Orlando Furioso” (1877)
Gustave Doré

The Nymphaeum (1878) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The Nymphaeum (1878)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau

L’étude (1878-1881) - Félicien Rops

L’étude (1878-1881)
Félicien Rops

Le muscle du grand couturier (c. 1878-1881) - Félicien Rops

Le muscle du grand couturier (c. 1878-1881)
Félicien Rops

La Pose (1879)
Luis Ricardo Falero

The Bather (1874) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau

The Bather (1879)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Kasuga no Tsubone [Lady Kasuga fighting a robber] (c. 1880) - Adachi Ginko

Kasuga no Tsubone [Lady Kasuga fighting a robber] (c. 1880)
Adachi Ginkō

E [Letter from an erotic alphabet] (c. 1880) - Joseph Apoux

E [Letter from an erotic alphabet] (c. 1880)
Joseph Apoux

La Grande Iza (1882) - Vlaho Bukovac

La Grande Iza (1882)
Vlaho Bukovac

The New Bracelet (before 1883) - Henryk Siemiradzki

The New Bracelet (before 1883)
Henryk Siemiradzki

The Sorceress (1883) - Georges Merle

The Sorceress (1883)
Georges Merle

Slave’s Song (1884) - Henryk Siemiradzki

Slave’s Song (1884)
Henryk Siemiradzki

A Beauty (1885) - Luis Ricardo Faléro

A Beauty (1885)
Luis Ricardo Faléro

Sappho (c. 1885) - Miquel Carbonell i Selva

Sappho (c. 1885)
Miquel Carbonell i Selva

The Reading Girl (1886) - Théodore Roussel

The Reading Girl (1886)
Théodore Roussel

The Magic Circle (1886)
John William Waterhouse

Two Ladies on a Sofa (1887) - Luis Ricardo Falero

Two Ladies on a Sofa (1887)
Luis Ricardo Faléro

Women of Amphissa (1887) - Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Women of Amphissa (1887)
Lawrence Alma-Tadema

Bathsheba (1887)
Paul Cézanne

Empress Theodora (1887)
Jean-Joseph Benajmin-Constant

Circé (1889) - Émile Lévy

Circé (1889)
Émile Lévy

Victory of Faith (1889)
Saint George Hare

Diana (1890) - Kenyon Cox

Diana (1890)
Kenyon Cox

Equestrienne au Cirque Fernando (c. 1890) - François Flameng

Equestrienne au Cirque Fernando (c. 1890)
François Flameng

Jeune Femme délaçant ses chaussures (c. 1890) - Antoine-Émile Plassan

Jeune Femme délaçant ses chaussures (c. 1890)
Antoine-Émile Plassan

At the Spring (c. 1890) - Henryk Siemiradzki

At the Spring (c. 1890)
Henryk Siemiradzki

An Illicit Letter (late 1800s) - Vittorio Reggianini

An Illicit Letter (late 1800s)
Vittorio Reggianini

Andromeda (c. 1890) - Vlaho Bukovac

Andromeda (c. 1890)
Vlaho Bukovac

Cleopatra (c. 1890) - Mosè Bianchi

Cleopatra (c. 1890)
Mosè Bianchi

Daydreams (1890)
Auguste Toulmouche

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus (1891)
John William Waterhouse

Unknown (c. 1890-1911)
Unknown artist

Unknown (c. 1890-1911) Unknown artist

Unknown (c. 1890-1911)
Unknown artist

Priestess of Delphi (1891)
John Collier

Turkish Women (1893) - Ferdinand Max Bredt

Turkish Women (1893)
Ferdinand Max Bredt

Nude Apparition Appears to Seated (1894) - Emmanuel Benner the Younger

Nude Apparition Appears to Seated (1894)
Emmanuel Benner the Younger

Illustration for Earl Lavender (1895) - Aubrey Beardsley

Illustration for Earl Lavender (1895)
Aubrey Beardsley

Sketched Nude with Tied Wrists (1898) - Byam Shaw

Sketched Nude with Tied Wrists (1898)
Byam Shaw

The Inopportune (1898) - José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior

The Inopportune (1898)
José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior

The Hookah Lighter (1898)
Jean-Léon Gérôme

The Delphic Oracle (1899)
John William Godward

La Clariere (1900) - Julius LeBlanc Stewart

La Clariere (1900)
Julius LeBlanc Stewart

Nude Model Reading (c. 1900) - Julius Rolshoven

Nude Model Reading (c. 1900)
Julius Rolshoven

The Gates of Dawn (1900)
Herbert James Draper

Cunnilingus (1900)
Mihàly Zichy

La Monnaie française (1901) - Fernand Le Quesne.

La Monnaie française (1901)
Fernand Le Quesne

Tannhäuser in Venusberg (1901)
John Collier

Les Oreades (1902) - William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Les Oreades (1902)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Samson and Delilah (1902)
Max Liebermann

Wasserschlangen I - The Hydra (1904-1907) - Gustav Klimt

Wasserschlangen I – The Hydra (1904-1907)
Gustav Klimt

Illustration from Les Grandes Danse macabre des vifs. (1905) - Martin van Maële
Illustration for La Grande Danse macabre des vifs (1905) - Martin van Maële (2)

Illustrations for La Grande Danse macabre des vifs (1905)
Martin van Maële

Le Trône de Paon (c. 1905) - Michel Richard-Putz

Le Trône de Paon (c. 1905)
Michel Richard-Putz

La Levée (1905)
Joseph Caraud

Illustration for De Figuris Veneris (1906)
Édouard-Henri Avril

Illustration for Trilogie Érotique (1907) - Martin van Maële

Illustrations for Trilogie Érotique (1907)
Martin van Maële

The Gilded Cage (1908)
Saint George Hare

Illustration for Gamiani (1908) - Unknown artist

Illustration for Gamiani (1908)
Alfred de Musset

The Worship of Ashtoreth (1908)
H. G. Riviere

Self-Confidence (1909) - Ferdinand Max Bredt

Self-Confidence (1909)
Ferdinand Max Bredt

Seated female nude with blue garter (1910) - Egon Schiele


Seated female nude with blue garter (1910)
Egon Schiele

The Valkyrie’s Vigil (c. 1910) - Edward Robert Hughes

The Valkyrie’s Vigil (c. 1910)
Edward Robert Hughes

Love (c. 1911) - Mihàly Zichy

Love (c. 1911)
Mihàly Zichy

By Summer Seas (1912)
Herbert James Draper

Illustrations for Les Malheurs de Colette (1914) - Eric Galton
Illustrations for Les Malheurs de Colette (1914) - Eric Galton (2)
Illustrations for Les Malheurs de Colette (1914) - Eric Galton (3)

Illustrations for Les Malheurs de Colette (1914)
Eric Galton

Woman with Green Turban (1914) - Egon Schiele


Woman with Green Turban (1914)
Egon Schiele

Just Finished Reading a Novel (c. 1918) - Delphin Enjolras

Just Finished Reading a Novel (c. 1918)
Delphin Enjolras

Nude (c. 1920) - Marcel René von Herrfeldt

Nude (c. 1920)
Marcel René von Herrfeldt

Unknown title (1920s-1930s) - Georges Topfer

Unknown title (1920s-1930s)
Georges Topfer

Illustration for La Rêve d'un flagellant (1921) - Georges Topfer

Illustration for La Rêve d’un flagellant (1921)
Georges Topfer

Illustration for Notre-Dame de Lesbos (1924) - G. Smit
Illustration for Notre-Dame de Lesbos (1924) - G. Smit (2)
Illustration for Notre-Dame de Lesbos (1924) - G. Smit (3)

Illustrations for Notre-Dame de Lesbos (1924)
G. Smit

Illustration for La Comtesse au Fouet (1926) - Martin van Maële
Illustration for La Comtesse au Fouet (1926) - Martin van Maële  (2)
Illustration for La Comtesse au Fouet (1926) - Martin van Maële  (3)

Illustrations for La Comtesse au Fouet (1926)
Martin van Maële

Illustration for Cydalise (1930) - Jean de Sauteval

Illustration for Cydalise (1930)
Jean de Sauteval (a.k.a. Jean Morisot)

Illustration for Dresseuses d'Hommes (1931) - Jim Black

Illustration for Dresseuses d’Hommes (1931)
Jim Black (Luc Lafnet)

Entre Femmes (c. 1932) - Paul-Émille Bécat

Entre Femmes (c. 1932)
Paul-Émille Bécat

Ladies' Night (1932) - Paul-Émille Bécat

Ladies’ Night (1932)
Paul-Émille Bécat

Illustration from Joujou, ou Les Libertinages du travesti (1936) - Chéri Hérouard

Illustration from Joujou, ou Les Libertinages du travesti (1936)
Herric (a.k.a. Chéri Hérouard)

Illustration for Françoise, ou les plaisirs du mariage (1937) - Rojan


Illustration for Françoise, ou les plaisirs du mariage (1937)
Rojan (a.k.a Feodor Stepanovich Rojankovsky)

Illustration for Pantalons Sans Défense (1938) - Chéri Hérouard (4)
Illustration for Pantalons Sans Défense (1938) - Chéri Hérouard (3)
Illustration for Pantalons Sans Défense (1938) - Chéri Hérouard (2)
Illustration for Pantalons Sans Défense (1938) - Chéri Hérouard

Illustrations for Pantalons Sans Défense (1938)
Chéri Hérouard

Illustration for Gamiani, ou Deux Nuits d'Excès (c. 1940) - Louis Berthomme Saint-André

Illustration for Gamiani, ou Deux Nuits d’Excès (c. 1940)
Louis Berthomme Saint-André

Cubiculum (1950) - Fortunino Matania

Cubiculum (1950)
Fortunino Matania


* = Courtesy of Wellcome Images