The Marquise de Sade wrote volumes about his daring study of the
sphere where sensual pleasures, sex, and uncontrolled desire reign.
However, de Sade invented nothing; he just showed us ourselves. This
is, as they say, the naked truth. For the artist there are no
unsolvable mysteries, he is occupied not with moralizing, but with
the quest for beauty. In nature there is no dirty spot, only we have
introduced it in her. We have treated this dirt; too superficially.
- Friedrich Nietzsche The image in some way reproduces the biblical
theme Susanna and the Old Men, to which artists from different
epochs showed interest – such as Rembrandt, Goya, etc. The old men –
here are, obviously, the books, that display a keen interest in the woman, who reveals to them her beauty secrets.