The British artist John William Waterhouse painted the artwork entitled The Crystal Ball in 1902. During the same year, he exhibited this work in the Royal Academy of London, along with the painting The Missal. Waterhouse began as an Academic artist studying in the Royal Academy, but starting off with sculpture and later moving on the painting. He became quite successful at his craft and was praised for his work, but decided to go against some classic standards and joined the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, representing the second generation of the movement.
The oil painting The Crystal Ball shows the image of a young girl, possibly working with magic. She holds the crystal ball in both hands near her chest while closing her eyes in concentration. The woman is probably casting a sort of spell or working with magic, as the environment indicates. Along with the mysterious ball in her hands, there is a large open book on the round table beside her, as well as a human skull and what seems to be a wand over the book. There is a wooden armchair with red velvet cushions behind the model.
The scene takes place in a closed environment with a Classic architecture. The square tiles on the floor create a better sense of depth to the scene – a trick used by the past masters of the Renaissance. The wall behind the figures is near the forefront of the composition and features many arcs and columns. There is a large opening in the shape of a half circle in the height of the model’s chest and head, creating a natural light source. A navy blue curtain is seen on the left side of the composition, and there are dark green trees in the far background.
The woman is the central figure of the painting, gracefully standing slightly to the right of the canvas. She has dark black hair, which is braided and rolled up in a bun. Her posture is erect, and her head falls forward. She features light skin, as well as rosy cheeks and lips. Her red velvet gown is beautifully painted with exquisite detail and texture. The dress has golden embroidery on her chest, sleeves, and skirt, in the fashion of the Shakespearean era.
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