Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hunt, William Holman

The Lady of Shalott
c. 1886-1905
Oil on canvas
74 x 57 1/2 inches
Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection,Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

William Holman Hunt (1827 - 1910).
English painter, and one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
Hunt's paintings were notable for their great attention to detail, vivid colour and elaborate symbolism.
For Hunt, the world itself should be read as a system of visual signs and it was the duty of the artist to reveal the correspondence between sign and fact.
"The Lady of Shalott" is a Victorian ballad by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892).
Tennyson focused on the Lady's isolation in the tower and her decision to participate in the living world.