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Background imageBeautiful Collection: Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910. Creator: John Singer Sargent

Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910. Creator: John Singer Sargent
Olimpio Fusco, c. 1900-1910

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Charlotte Bronte, English novelist, 1850. Artist: George Richmond

Charlotte Bronte, English novelist, 1850. Artist: George Richmond
Charlotte Bronte, English novelist, 1850. Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) was the author of Jane Eyre (1847), Shirley (1849), and Vilette (1852). From the National Portrait Gallery, London

Background imageBeautiful Collection: La Ghirlandata, 1873. Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

La Ghirlandata, 1873. Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti
La Ghirlandata, 1873. A red-haired woman with sensuous red lips plays a harp garlanded with flowers. She looks dreamily into the distance, framed by angels, modelled by May Morris

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Artist: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Artist: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Elizabeth Taylor, English-American actress, c1950s(?). Elizabeth Taylor made her screen debut as a child in Lassie Come Home in 1943

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Pandora

Pandora. Pandora (the all-gifted ) was the first mortal woman according to the Greek poet Hesiod. She was sent by Zeus as a gift to Epithemus

Background imageBeautiful Collection: The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. Artist: W&D Downey

The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. Artist: W&D Downey
The Maharani of Koch Bihar, West Bengal, India, 1893. From The Cabinet Portrait Gallery, fourth series, Cassell and Company Limited (London, Paris and Melbourne, 1893)

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Lady Hamilton as the Goddess of Health, c1790, (1920). Creator: George Romney

Lady Hamilton as the Goddess of Health, c1790, (1920). Creator: George Romney
Lady Hamilton as the Goddess of Health, c1790, (1920). Emma Hart, later Lady Hamilton, mistress of Lord Nelson as muse of portrait artist, George Romney. From " The Connoisseur Vol

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Alexandra (1844-1925), Queen Consort of King Edward VII of Great Britain, c1890

Alexandra (1844-1925), Queen Consort of King Edward VII of Great Britain, c1890
Alexandra (1844-1925), Queen Consort of King Edward VII of Great Britain, when Princess of Wales, c1890. The daughter of King Christian IX of Denmark, Alexandra married Edward

Background imageBeautiful Collection: A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown

A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown
A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Perhaps Radha, the divine consort of Krishna

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress, 1933

Marlene Dietrich, German-American actress, 1933. Dietrich (1901-1992), was a Academy Award-nominated German-American actress, entertainer and singer

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst

Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Artist: Leon Bakst
Indian Dance (La Marquise de Casati), 1912. Published in L Art Decoratif de Leon Bakst. (Paris, 1913). From a private collection

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauty Takigawa from the Tea-house Ogi, late 18th or early 19th century. Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro

Beauty Takigawa from the Tea-house Ogi, late 18th or early 19th century. Artist: Kitagawa Utamaro
Beauty Takigawa from the Tea-house Ogi, late 18th or early 19th century. From the series The famous Beauties of Our Days. Found in the collection of the State A Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Catherine the Great (1729-1796), Empress of Russia, 1937. Artist: Alexander K MacDonald

Catherine the Great (1729-1796), Empress of Russia, 1937. Artist: Alexander K MacDonald
Catherine the Great (1729-1796), Empress of Russia. Portrait of Catherine II (1729-1796) who came to the throne in 1762. A German princess

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Fay Wray (1907-2004), Canadian-born American actress, 20th century

Fay Wray (1907-2004), Canadian-born American actress, 20th century. Wray is probably best known for her performance in the original King Kong (1933)

Background imageBeautiful Collection: The Judgment of Paris, c1635-1638, (1912). Artist: Peter Paul Rubens

The Judgment of Paris, c1635-1638, (1912). Artist: Peter Paul Rubens
Judgment of Paris, c1635-1638, (1912). A colour print of Rubens painting, from Famous Paintings with an introduction by Gilbert Chesterton, (Cassell and Company, London, New York, Toronto, 1912)

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Portrait of a Young Woman Known as 'La Bella', 1518. Creator: Jacopo Palma il Vecchio

Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella", 1518. Creator: Jacopo Palma il Vecchio
Portrait of a Young Woman Known as "La Bella", 1518

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Galatea, 1896. Creator: Gustave Moreau

Galatea, 1896. Creator: Gustave Moreau
Galatea, 1896. From the myth of Polyphemus and Galathea. The scene recreates the theme of beauty and the beast, a symbol of woman as the embodiment of a beauty that is beyond man's reach

Background imageBeautiful Collection: The Parisian Sphinx, c1880. Creator: Alfred Stevens

The Parisian Sphinx, c1880. Creator: Alfred Stevens
The Parisian Sphinx, c1880. An elegantly dressed young woman looks straight at us and coquettishly adjusts her furs with a gloved hand, her shadowy face giving her an air of mystery

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Betty Nansen, 1905. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn

Betty Nansen, 1905. Creator: Anders Leonard Zorn
Betty Nansen, 1905. Betty Nansen (1873-1943) was a celebrated Danish actress (both stage and film) and director; one of Copenhagen's principal theatres - which she herself managed - bears her

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Japanese girl painting her lips, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson

Japanese girl painting her lips, 1864. Creator: Mason Jackson
Japanese girl painting her lips, 1864. Engraving of a sketch...by Mr. C. Wirgman, our special artist...[of] a young girl painting her face after the usual daily bath

Background imageBeautiful Collection: L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia

L Andalouse, 1927. Creator: Francis Picabia
L Andalouse, 1927. From a private collection

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Valerie, 1938. Creator: Unknown

Valerie, 1938. Creator: Unknown
" Valerie", 1938. Valerie Hudson was a well-known model and showgirl in the late 1930s and 1940 s. From " Modern Beauties"

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Joan Jay, 1938. Creator: Unknown

Joan Jay, 1938. Creator: Unknown
Joan Jay, 1938. From " Modern Beauties"

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Asaoka Watching a Mouse on a Screen, between c1875 and c1876. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Asaoka Watching a Mouse on a Screen, between c1875 and c1876. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Asaoka Watching a Mouse on a Screen, between c1875 and c1876. Series: A Mirror of Beauties of the Past and Present

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Portrait of a Woman, 1846. Creator: Paul Burde

Portrait of a Woman, 1846. Creator: Paul Burde
Portrait of a Woman, 1846

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Saint Helena, c1575. Creator: Francesco Morandini

Saint Helena, c1575. Creator: Francesco Morandini
Saint Helena, c1575. St. Helena (ca. 247-ca. 327) was the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great (ca. 288-337), who, according to tradition, christianized the Roman Empire

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauty Walking on a Snowy Day, 1854. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Beauty Walking on a Snowy Day, 1854. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Beauty Walking on a Snowy Day, 1854. Left sheet of a triptych titled Edo meisho asakusa toshi no ichi Famous Sights of Edo: The Year End Market at Asakusa

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Hedvig Ulrika Taube (1714-1744) also Countess von Hessenstein, c1735

Hedvig Ulrika Taube (1714-1744) also Countess von Hessenstein, c1735. Creator: Lorens Pasch the Elder
Hedvig Ulrika Taube (1714-1744) also Countess von Hessenstein, c1735

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Lady Hamilton, by George Romney, in the late exhibition of Old Masters, Burlington House, 1876

Lady Hamilton, by George Romney, in the late exhibition of Old Masters, Burlington House, 1876. Creator: Unknown
Lady Hamilton, by George Romney, in the late exhibition of Old Masters, Burlington House, 1876. That too celebrated female beauty, Emma Lyons, a Welsh servant-girl

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, 1866. Creator: Gustave Courbet

Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, 1866. Creator: Gustave Courbet
Jo, the Beautiful Irish Girl, 1866. Additional Info: The Irish girl in this painting is Joanna Hiffernan. She modelled for the painter James Abbott MacNeill Whistler, with whom she lived

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Springtime, 1872. Creator: Claude Monet

Springtime, 1872. Creator: Claude Monet
Springtime, 1872. Monet moved to Argenteuil, a suburban town on the right bank of the Seine River northwest of Paris, in late December 1871

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Pandora, 1873. Creator: Alexandre Cabanel

Pandora, 1873. Creator: Alexandre Cabanel
Pandora, 1873. Cabanel, a professor of painting at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, specialized in portraits of "High Society." Here

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I

Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I
Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauty Representing the Poet Kamakura Udaijin, circa 1847-1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Beauty Representing the Poet Kamakura Udaijin, circa 1847-1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Beauty Representing the Poet Kamakura Udaijin, circa 1847-1852

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Red, between c1847 and c1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Red, between c1847 and c1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Red, between c1847 and c1852. Series: Costumes in Five Different Colors

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Red, between c1847 and c1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada

Red, between c1847 and c1852. Creator: Utagawa Kunisada
Red, between c1847 and c1852. Series: Costumes in Five Different Colors

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Metal for Tooth Blackening, 12th month, 1878. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Metal for Tooth Blackening, 12th month, 1878. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Metal for Tooth Blackening, 12th month, 1878. From Allusions to the Seven Planets

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro, 1883. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro, 1883. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro, 1883. Series: The Four Seasons at Their Height

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Here is the Pleasure, Sirs, Here is the Pleasure, c1860. Creator: Edouard de Beaumont

Here is the Pleasure, Sirs, Here is the Pleasure, c1860. Creator: Edouard de Beaumont
Here is the Pleasure, Sirs, Here is the Pleasure, c1860. Beaumont reveals the antagonism among women of different social classes and generations

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Young Lady Holding a Mirror, 17th century. Creator: Unknown

Young Lady Holding a Mirror, 17th century. Creator: Unknown
Young Lady Holding a Mirror, 17th century

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Krishna Making Kubja Beautiful, Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord)

Krishna Making Kubja Beautiful, Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord), c1645. Creator: Unknown
Krishna Making Kubja Beautiful, Folio from a Bhagavata Purana (Ancient Stories of the Lord), c1645

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. Creator: Bernardino Luini

Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. Creator: Bernardino Luini
Saint Mary Magdalene, c1524. According to Church (but not biblical) tradition, Mary Magdalene (probably indicating that she came from the the town Magdala) was a sinful woman

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Half-caste girl of Manaos; Indian-Rubber Groves of the Amazons, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Half-caste girl of Manaos; Indian-Rubber Groves of the Amazons, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Half-caste girl of Manaos; Indian-Rubber Groves of the Amazons, 1875. From Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London] and Galpin

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Virgin of the Deliverance, after 1872. Creator: Antoine Auguste Ernest Hebert

Virgin of the Deliverance, after 1872. Creator: Antoine Auguste Ernest Hebert
Virgin of the Deliverance, after 1872. Hebert was yet another of the artists working in the orbit of Paul Delaroche whose name fell into relative obscurity in the last century

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Unknown woman, 1859. Creator: Amalia Lindegren

Unknown woman, 1859. Creator: Amalia Lindegren
Unknown woman, 1859

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Kraka, 1862. Creator: Marten Eskil Winge

Kraka, 1862. Creator: Marten Eskil Winge
Kraka, 1862

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I

Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805. Creator: Utagawa Toyokuni I
Beauties Playing Battledore and Shuttlecock, c1805

Background imageBeautiful Collection: Beauty in Wind: Totto yakutae, 1852. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Beauty in Wind: Totto yakutae, 1852. Creator: Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Beauty in Wind: Totto yakutae, 1852. From Excellances of Mountain and Sea Illustrated



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