John Everett Millais - Ophelia
549 649 A$549.00 - A$649.00
This painting depicts Ophelia, a character from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet. In the play, Ophelia goes mad after her father's death and drowns while picking flowers. Almost all the flowers in this painting are mentioned in the play.Completion Date: 1851
Original size: 76.2 cm × 111.8 cm
Art movement: Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood
Where was it painted: Millais painted the landscape by the Ewell river in Surrey, and painted the figure in his studio in London
Medium: Oil on canvas
Where can I see it: Tate Britain, London
Look out for.. the small shape of a skull, among the shadows on the right hand side of the bank. It could be an accident, or Millais could have painted it deliberately, as an omen of death.
Did you know? To paint this scene, Millais hired a model and got her to lie in a bathtub for hours - until the water got chilly and she caught a cold.