FHM Magazine has just announced its annual list of the 100 Sexiest Women In The World: a collection of models, actresses and pop stars who regularly grace the disposable pages of magazines.
But what about the great beauties immortalized forever in art?
To help out the more cultured connoisseurs of female beauty among you, we’ve compiled an alternative to FHM’s yearly ogle-fest that has a (slightly) loftier aim – to bring you the 100 Sexiest Women In Art, from the buxom beauties of the Renaissance to pop art poseurs and back again (with help from our friends ArtFinder).
Will the Mona Lisa be our Tulisa? Are Klimt's muses sexier than Cheryl? And what about Degas’ endless bathing beauties – will they beat Keeley Hazell?!
Spanning the works of art history from countries around the world, we bring you our top 100 sexy paintings, many of which did that old thing – nudity – long before FHM was a twinkle in an amorous teenager’s eye.
Of course, this being art, we don't quite mean 'sexiness' in the same way. Sometimes it is just a certain style of painting or a piece of imagery that lends these pieces their sensuality.
From the top ten onward, we’ll be explaining exactly why we picked the paintings that we did. Some of the results might surprise you.
As ever, we want to hear what you think. Did we get it right? Are there any glaring absences? And should we do a 100 Sexiest Men In Paint next?
100 - Woman with Shell Femme au Coquillage, William-Adolphe Bouguereau
99 - Girl with Peacock, George Frederick Watts
98 - Portrait of a Woman Revealing her Breasts, Tintoretto (C16)
97 - Woman Getting Into A Bathrub, Edgar Degas (1890)
96 - Venus and Cupid with a Mirror, Titian (1559)
95 - Et l'or de leur corps, Paul Gauguin, (1901)
94 - Berthe Morisot, Edouard Manet (1872)
93 - The Geisha, Jean Faust
92 - The Favourite Poet (1888)
91 - Miranda, Sir Frank Dicksee (1878)
90 - In The Car, Roy Lichtenstein
89 - Woman With A Hat, Henri Matisse
88 - Reclining Nude, Francois Boucher (C18)
87 - Vanity, Hans Memling (C15)
86 - The Swing, Jean-Honore Fragonard (1767)
85 - Marilyn Monroe, Scott J. Davis
84 - Portrait of a Young Woman, Jan Vermeer (C17)
83 - Design for a poster, lphonse Marie Mucha (1897)
82 - Mae Rose-Cottage daydreams her erotic fantasies, Tony Todd (2005)
81 - Woman at her Toilet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1896)
80 - Poster of Job Cigarette Papers by Alphonse Marie Mucha (late C19 - early C20)
79 - Seated Woman with Bent Knee, Egon Schiele (1917)
78 - Reclining Nude in Green Stockings, Egon Schiele (1914)
77 - The Odalisque, François Boucher (1749)
76 - Evening Plum Blossom and a Geisha by Keisai Eisen (C19)
75 - Safie, one of the three ladies of Baghdad, William Clark Wontner
74 - An Open Book by Albert Joseph Moore, Albert Joseph Moore (C19)
73 - Portrait of a Young Woman, Paris Bordone (C17)
72 - Portrait of a Girl, John Everett Millais (1857)
71 - Beata Beatrix, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1877)
70 - Proserpina, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1871)
69 - La magie noire, René Magritte
68 - Vanity, John William Waterhouse (circa 1910)
67 - Pandora, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1878)
66 - Vanity, Mattia Preti (C17)
65 - Lady in a Yellow Dress, Max Kurzweil (1899)
64 - The Bridesmaid, John Everett Millais (1851)
63 - Ophelia, John William Waterhouse (1894)
62 - The Three Graces of Chantilly by P. de Vecchi
61 - The Lady of Shalott Looking at Lancelot, John William Waterhouse (circa 1894)
60 - Venetta, Samuel Luke Fildes (C19)
59 - The Execution of Lady Jane Grey, Paul Delaroche (1833)
58 - Young Woman Seated, Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1877)
57 - Eleonora da Toledo, Agnolo Bronzino (C16)
56 - Primavera, Sandro Botticelli (1478)
55 - Jane Avril, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1899)
54 - Portrait of Madame Raymond de Verninac, Jacques-Louis David (C18)
53 - Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932), John Singer Sargent (1892)
52 - Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci (1506)
51 - Women Friends, Gustav Klimt (1916)
50 - Circe Offering the Cup to Ulysses, John William Waterhouse (1891)
All images the credit of ArtFinder, where you can learn more about - and buy prints of - these fantastic paintings.