John William Waterhouse concluded the painting entitled Miranda in 1916. This artwork portrays a scene of William Shakespeare’s playwright named The Tempest, written over three centuries previous to the painter’s work. The English writer tells a story in which three characters are stranded on an island for twelve years – Prospero, a powerful magician and Duke of Milan, along with his three-year-old daughter Miranda, and their servant Caliban, son of the witch Sycorax. Caliban was native to the island and was eventually enslaved by the magician as he arrived to the exotic destination.
Miranda represents a strong female role in the predominantly male storyline. She is a kind and loving woman, falling under the subordination of her father’s orders as he dictated her life. As the story develops, Miranda marries Ferdinand who manipulates her just as much as her father, mostly due to her vulnerability and sweet innocence. In the artwork Miranda, Waterhouse depicted the female character on a horizontal canvas, looking out to the rough ocean. She stands in the forefront and to the right of the composition. There are many brown, gray, and ochre rocks and pebbles of all sizes on the seashore. A sizeable jagged stone is seen behind the leading figure, casting a dark shadow by her legs.
The stormy atmosphere is dark and extremely windy. Miranda’s long red hair blows with the rapid wind, just as the fabric of her clothes. She wears a thin golden headband, holding it in place with one hand, and holding her chest with the other. Her garment is typical of the Shakespearean time – featuring a long dark blue dress with baggy sleeves and a bright red underdress, as well as simple brown leather slippers. Miranda looks out to the violent waves of the blue-green ocean that seems to swallow a large and distant sail ship. The water crashes in shades of ochre and white foam and reflects the colors of the dark blue and violet night sky. The boat is on the horizon line on the top left corner of the canvas. The right side of the background shows a towering wall of brown stones, in which the ship is hurtling towards with the movement of the waves.
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