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‘Ophelia’ floats back in to the Tate Britain

Posted at 12:30 pm, August 9, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment, News
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Look who’s drifted back into town! After a two year absence, ‘Ophelia’ and her Pre-Raphaelite pals are back where they belong at Tate Britain following a tour that’s taken them to Italy, the US, Russia and Japan. No wonder she looks tired. Actually, it was probably the ordeal of modelling for the painting in 1851 that gave Elizabeth Siddal her deathly pallour. Back then, being an artist’s muse wasn’t always a glamorous job. Over a four-month period when Siddal posed as the tragic Ophelia from Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ for John Everett Millais, the painter had her lie in a bath of water so he could capture the perfect atmosphere of Ophelia’s watery demise. Still, she didn’t shiver in vain. ‘Ophelia’ is one of the most-loved paintings in the Tate collection and a star of our 30 Unmissable Artworks at Tate Britain.

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