Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni

Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927)


Watercolour and bodycolour

Collection: Walker Gallery, Liverpool

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Depicting the cold, heartless woman of Dante's poem of the same title ("Utterly frozen ... no more moved than is the stone"), this still manages to be alluring. [Commentary continues below.]

Image download and commentary by Jacqueline Banerjee. [Click on the image to enlarge it, and mouse over the text for links.]

Identified as being in the public domain.