11/13/2012 11:48 am ET Updated Nov 13, 2012

The 10 Most Scandalous Affairs Of The Art World (SLIDESHOW)

Like the rest of the world, we were more than mildly stunned by former CIA Director David Petraeus' recent revelation concerning his biographer-mistress, Paula Broadwell. The affair itself, the other other woman, the possible intelligence leak... It all sounds like the plot points of a made-for-television political thriller, not the actual actions of a high-ranking U.S. official.

But alas, the fall from grace is real, and we are left to ponder what will become of the Petraeus love quadrilateral when all the facts are inevitably uncovered. So, while we wait for the CIA to sort out the mess, we decided to dig up the most scandalous affairs of the art world to keep us occupied.

From the many dalliances of Peggy Guggenheim to the muse turned mistresses of Pablo Picasso, the slideshow below tracks a who's who of other women and men that would surely make even a Broadwell blush (or maybe just send more intimidating emails). Scroll through the list and let us know which affairs you can and can't abide in the comments section.

10 Scandalous Affairs In Art History