Similar in feel is an etching by Giulio Romano Pippi of a naked woman approaching a man on a bed to kill him. It is interesting to consider the contribution of Marquis de Sade toward the psychic connection between sexual libertinism and the philosophical notion of freedom. Sex here, is for the women depicted, very often very clearly work. This is very clear in the photograph of a woman using a parsnip for unusual purposes. Some interesting and unexpected insights into the representation of sex are brought into light by observing this conglomerate of works from such a variety of cultures and historical periods. Blog, paywalled, or print-only stuff goes here, all else linked at www. Seduced shares this situation with much contemporary popular culture, whereby radically-informed criticism constantly risks being conflated with conservative moralistic repression. They are young but you can see the marks of hardship in their faces, and, in some, clear discomfort at what they are doing. You feel she was paid rather well for it — by her standards at least — and not the least discomforted by the experience. Observing the more historical images and objects on the lower floor — most of which were originally intended for private viewing — in a large and crowded gallery was perhaps one of the most revealing aspects of the show. Then, by the Apollodoru painter, is an Attic kylix of circa BC showing a sapphic scene of a crouching woman fingering another. After that, it might not surprise you to know that there are few English, or British, artists here. Until the midth Century Western artists resorted to Greek mythology to create narrative contexts through which erotic themes could be approached. Moving slowly from wall text to object to next object in the museum viewing queue that forms in popular exhibitions I found myself becoming increasingly aware of others.