Sir John Everett Millais, Bt Ophelia 1851–2


29 Jun

I Don't know where I first saw this, (I can not recall ever seeing the original, usually at the Tate I get distracted by the Turners) but I remember being captivated  by the weirdness, mystery and intrigue. I had no idea who the pre-raphaelites were or the wider context of this particular work, sometimes  no knowledge at all  can be such a blessing when you first see a work.

The scene depicted is from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act IV, Scene vii, in which Ophelia, driven out of her mind when her father is murdered by her lover Hamlet, falls into a stream and drowns:

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