Miranda

Miranda, 1869
Stephen Gattley (mid 1800s-early 1900s)
Marble
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Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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Miranda

Very little is known about this work. The sculpture probably depicts Miranda from Shakespeare’s play The Tempest. In the play, Miranda and her father, Prospero, are stranded on a rocky island for 12 years. Prospero is a powerful magician and summons a huge storm to wreck a passing ship. Miranda falls madly in love with Ferdinand, a passenger from the shipwreck. The stormy setting for the play does not explain Miranda’s near naked form.

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