02/05/2012 04:14 BST | Updated 03/05/2012 06:28 BST

After FHM Names Tulisa Sexiest Woman In The World... Here's The 100 Sexiest Women In Paintings

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 Sexiest Women In Art

All images the credit of ArtFinder, where you can learn more about - and buy prints of - these fantastic paintings.