John Everett Millet decided to write his story of Isabella after joining the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The society fought against copying the academic style, against copying classical samples.
The story of John Keats tells us about the relationship between poor Lorenzo and Isabella. Keats was inspired by the "Decameron" Bocaccio. According to the story, the girl was in love with the guy, however her siblings were against from the union - after all, the young man was quite poor. They killed poor Lorenzo. Isabella, stole the head of the adored, decided to hide it from prying eyes in the pot where the basil grew. Soon, relatives learned about this secret and stole a vessel with a head. The girl became even more unhappy from the fact that she again lost her lover.
On the canvas "Isabella" the artist portrayed a family sitting at the table. We see the face of one of the brothers, who is displeasedly kicking Isabella's dog with his foot. Millet believed that the dog personifies fidelity, thus, having written that the brother is kicking the dog, the artist is trying to convey to us that the brother does not consider his sister's feelings, they do not respect them.
According to some researchers, the artist saw a sexual connotation in his brother’s straight leg. They decode it so that the brother was in love with his cousin, and kicking the dog, he wants to withhold the sudden erection. The viewer does not understand and the shadow is completely different from the shadow by hand. What is it really? Millet conveyed such motives with subtext and images so sensual that his works could be interpreted in two ways.
From interesting facts: on the canvas, the author also depicted real people. For example, the artist’s father is a gray-haired man who wipes his lips with a handkerchief. The writer Rossetti in the picture is depicted in the role of Lorenzo. In the role of Isabella was the wife of the author’s half-brother. The brothers and heroes, who are depicted in the background, were made by the artist’s close friends. If you look closely at the canvas, we can notice the three letters P. R. B., which at that time denoted the Pre-Raphaelite society.
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