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Ophelia (Millais)

Listed under Works of Art in London, United Kingdom.

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Ophelia is a painting by John Everett Millais, completed in 1852. It depicts the character from Shakespeare's play Hamlet singing while floating in a river just before her death by drowning, as described in the play in a famous speech by Hamlet's mother Gertrude... The painting is known for its depiction of the detailed flora of the river and the riverbank, stressing the patterns of growth and decay in natural eco-systems. Despite its nominal Danish setting, the landscape came to be seen as essentially English.. Millais' Ophelia is on show at the Tate Britain.

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