Hercules at the Feet of Omphale. 1912. Gustave Claude Etienne Courtois. French 1853-1923. oil/canvas.
a rare reversal of the nude lady hangin’ out around fully clothed dudes?
1912 beefcakes? I guess?
oh hey I know this story! so Hercules had this habit of getting drunk and/or pissed off and killing random dudes, like, the famous labors of Hercules were just one of the MANY MANY punishments handed down to him for killing people because he was a dumb jerk with super-strength
so anyway this time around they made him a queen’s slave for a year or maybe seven, depends, and ever since that story was first told people with a thing for fem dom/male sub have used it in their art and writing because here’s the strongest man in the world under a woman’s sway, doing her weaving and laundry and, in some versions, even dressing in her clothing while she wore his
so yeah, what this is is a 1912 update of ancient Grecian kink