Now that I think about it, I recall seeing a lot of paintings from the era where women are letting down their dress like this, often in mixed company. In today's context, it would almost look like the room is too hot and she's trying to cool off, and that it's no big deal to those present.
Then there's more grandiose pictures like this
where it looks like clothes are getting ripped off (maybe like an erotic opera), and just odd
scenes like this that look like the artist either intent on skirting taboos or fixated on painting the female body.
What is it the artists were trying to convey, especially in the non-fantasy paintings like the first one? I'm sure there were modesty taboos in that era, but I'm not understanding the whole picture. I'm also not bashing nudity.. nothing wrong with it.. just trying to understand.