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"Birth of Venus" (see related A | B), 1875 Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889) Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York, USA

this style is typical of the era of Napoleon III  and was  perpetuated during the era of Queen Victoria - it represents an escape of sensuality via fine arts, then more acceptable then than it is today. 
Mr. Cabanel sensual depiction sold well - another virtually identical depiction is exhibited by the Orsay Museum in Paris, France. 
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