Claudio and Isabella  1850

by William Holman Hunt

Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1919 [br] The picture illustrates the dilemma of Claudio and Isabella and is based on a scene from Shakespeare's [i]Measure for Measure[/i]. Claudio's life can only be saved if his sister Isabella agrees to sacrifice her virginity to Angelo, the absent Duke's deputy. The moment is summed up by these lines from the play, wh...
758 x 426 x 10 mm
Oil on mahogany
Courtesy of Tate Britain (Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported))