This week’s featured image is: Miranda

Shakespeare’s heroines provided the inspiration for several paintings by John William Waterhouse including “Juliet” (Romeo & Juliet), “Miranda” (The Tempest) and many studies of “Ophelia” (Hamlet).

Miranda (1916) is one of the more dramatic images by Waterhouse. I love the imagery of Miranda standing on the rocky beach as she witnesses the vessel being shipwrecked. Here is a sample of Miranda’s speech to her father, Prospero, on the witnessing of the event:

 

If by your art, my dearest father, you have
Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.
The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,
But that the sea, mounting to the welkin’s cheek,
Dashes the fire out. O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,
Dash’d all to pieces. O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart. Poor souls, they perish’d.
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere
It should the good ship so have swallow’d and
The fraughting souls within her.

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