Monday, 12 January 2015

Isabella by Millais

Today's painting dates back  to the 1840's .  The painter, Millais, was part of the Pre-Raphaelites.  You can see that he has put "PRB" on the seat on which Isabella is sitting – this stands for the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The painting is based on the gory story of Lorenzo and Isabella – Lorenzo is the chap extending his rather shapely leg towards Isabella – a bit weird!  But Isabella's dress is just fabulous.

Millais used his friends and family to model for the scene.  He sold the painting to a tailor in return for a suit of clothes and £150 – a lot of money, I guess, in those days.

1 comment:

  1. But why has he got his leg stuck out like that? I have always wondered about it!


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