On the night of St. Agnes... Madeline After Prayer (1868)

On the night of St. Agnes... Madeline After Prayer (1868)

4/6/2021, 1:29:16 PM
On the night of St. Agnes... Madeline After Prayer (1868) by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) is based on the famous romantic poem The Eve of St. Agnes, written by John Keats in 1819. In this painting, we see Madeline. She has just finished her prayer to St. Agnes of the Eve of St. Agnes. Virgins who would complete certain rituals would dream that night of the man they would marry. And so, Madeline is hopeful. The magic works and she will dream of Porphyro. But in a curious twist this same Porphyro has come to the castle and has hidden in her room while Madeline is asleep. And when she wakes up, she cannot distinguish her dream from reality anymore and invites Porphyro to her bed. Okay, the story is much more interesting and controversial than this very brief summary, and if you are interested, I recommend you check it out. One final thing to say here is that the poem has been written in 42 Spenserian stanzas, something that is notoriously difficult to pull off, and something that only few poets have achieved. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #IrishArt #IrishArtist #IrishPainter #Maclise #DanielMaclise #Madeline #Prayer #JohnKeats #Keats #Poem #Poetry #StAgnes #EveofStAgnes #Agnes #Controversial #Intriguing #Love

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