A quote from Urn-Burial, a strange book by the 17th-Century author Thomas Browne:
“What Song the Syrens sang, or what name Achilles assumed when he hid himself among women, though puzzling Questions are not beyond all conjecture . . .”
The painting above is by Herbert Draper, a good example of Victorian soft-core pornography. They were better at it than we are.
The example below is by John William Waterhouse. The Victorians knew that marrying restraint and indirection to perversity produced a more delirious kind of eroticism.