There are people throughout history whose image or style relentlessly captivates an artist, to the point of aiding in their creation. The artist feeds off of their muse's energy, making artwork that either directly or indirectly involves them, and often applauding their mystique to the masses.

Our feature examines some of the most famous muses in the arts, but it's just as much an exploration of iconography and art history. Each of these individuals has held a unique form of power, and although some of them haven't exactly acted like ideal citizens, you have to admit they have something exceptional to offer. Check out The 30 Most Famous Muses in Art.