Millais's Mariana is from Shakespeare’s play 'Measure for Measure'. It is a tale of love lost and is one of the most famous paintings from the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Her vivid blue dress is set off by bold religious iconography.
Sir John Everett Millais
59.7 x 49.5 cm
Oil on mahogany
Date of work
Original: Oil on mahogany 59.7 x 49.5 cm ® Tate, London
John Everett Millais was born in Southampton, the son of John William Millais, a wealthy gentleman from an old Jersey family. His mother's family were prosperous saddlers. Considered a child prodigy, Millais came to London in 1838 and was sent to Sass's Art School. At the Royal Academy he became friendly with fellow student William Holman Hunt, and together with Dante Gabriel Rossetti helped form the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.