In this dark Gothic setting the emphasis is on chastity and the passing of time.
The commissioner of this painting of Mistress Tyler is often separated from his mistress for a long period. In her left hand she holds an hourglass to denote the time passing. Strapped down to a wooden framework he gazes up lovingly at her as she teases his nipples with cords and her heel digs into his chastity cage .
How long will the torment last? Will he face the same fate as the poor remains in the background, perhaps?