I am very glad to see such good information being shared freely out there. The painting illustrates a poem by John Keats: Isabella, or, the Pot of Basil. Of all the members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Hunt remained most loyal to their ideals throughout his career. We created Smarthistory to provide students around the world with the highest-quality educational resources for art and cultural heritage—for free. We're so confident in the quality of our work that we'll refund your money in full if you are unhappy. It was composed by John White Alexander who based his portrait on an earlier work done by William Holman Hunt. Due to its size, the painting draws you in, completely dominating the room and immersing you in every detail. Can't find the painting that you are looking for? Painted by European Academy Graduated Artists Only. you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. The rich, lush details provide many things to draw the eye, but it is constantly pulled back to the beautiful woman wrapped up in her tragedy. I had seen this painting several times in books and online, but when I saw it in person I was blown away. Note we are only able to ship framed paintings up to a certain size. And notice how the Basil plant flourishes, growing grandly – due to the fertilization, are we meant to believe? Each canvas reproduction may vary slightly in brush details due to the nature of being hand painted, so no two paintings are the same. © www.WilliamHolmanHunt.org 2020. Each reproduction may very slightly in brush details due to the nature of being hand painted so no two paintings are the same. 25,000+  HAPPY CUSTOMERS & COUNTING... Read what they have to say. The Pre-Raphaelites focused on painting subjects from modern life, and literature often used historical costumes for accuracy. The grotesque styled majolica pot, decorated with skulls, holds Lorenzo’s head, which has been interred in the pot. Romantic, no? Once the maximum size is reached, the framing option is automatically disabled. Henri Rousseau's, Hector Guimard, Cité entrance, Métropolitain, Paris, Léon Bakst, "Costume design for the ballet The Firebird", An Introduction to The Peredvizhniki (The Wanderers), https://smarthistory.org/william-holman-hunt-isabella-pot-basil/. Free shipping is included in the price of the painting. Only buy from a trusted US or European company that has been in business for many years. All orders ship with UPS, FedEx or DHL and will arrive directly to your home or office. It soothed each to be the other by; Though the image may look on first glance as a quiet, peaceful scene, it is in fact depicting a woman leaning over the pot in which she holds the severed head of her murdered lover, whose name was Lorenzo. The story of Isabella and the Pot of Basil is quintessentially Romantic. We only work with the best, and new artists - who are only recruited if recommended by members of our existing team - are tested thoroughly before being allowed to work on customers' paintings. Other depictions of Isabella and the pot of basil and related subjects. We have been selling online since 2002 and as you can see from our testimonials section we have had many thousands of happy customers. Hunt returned to the poem in 1866, shortly after his marriage, when he began to paint several erotically charged subjects. They painted directly from nature itself, as accurately as possible, and with intense attention to detail. Unframed paintings are covered with a special protective film, are gently rolled and then placed inside a strong specially designed tube. 100% risk free. Once the artist finishes working on your painting our master artist checks the quality. “Isabella and the Pot of Basil” by William Holman Hunt depicts a scene from John Keats’s poem “Isabella.”, The poem tells the tale of a young woman whose family intends to marry her to “some high noble and his olive trees.”. William Holman Hunt's wife had died in childbirth not long before he painted this, and he used her facial features as inspiration for Isabella as a memorial to her. Due to shipping restraints, many of our framed, stretched, and oversize paintings may take 6-21 days for arrival depending on the safest route determined by the postal service. Established in 2002 by two guys with little more than a dream and lots of enthusiasm, Ocean's Bridge has gone on to become one of the world's leading oil painting studios, with thousands (27,000+ at last count!) Photos of the painting, including close ups, are sent to you by email. Due to its size, the painting draws you in, completely dominating the room and immersing you in every detail. We choose the artist most suited to the style of your particular painting. Our most senior artists, those who have at least 25 years experience, But is it worth the pain and all-consuming kind of morbid grief that humans can fall prey to? (Please note there may be some extra fees if major revisions are required to your painting which DIFFER from your initial instructions and/or photos sent to us*** but these cases are the exception.). Important Notes About Your Painting: The Lion King has nothing on this circle of life. you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. She now stands in the foreground with her long hair draped over the shrine she has made for her lover's head, with the pot of basil being pride of place. The poem is set in the Middle Ages and was published in 1820. The warranty covers damage for normal use. William Holman Hunt’s emphasis on sensuality, rich colors, and elaborate decorative objects reflects the growing Aesthetic movement of the Pre-Raphaelite Movement. which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, This warranty service is provided free of charge. Learn how your comment data is processed. Your email address will not be published. If, in the unlikely event you were dissatisfied with the painting after reviewing it in person, it can be returned for a full refund for up to 365 days after delivery. to speed-up the reproduction process and lower costs. Isabella exhumes the body and buries the head in a pot of basil, which she then tends to obsessively while pining away in her room. The Florentine poet Giovanni Boccaccio (1313–1375) included it in his cycle of 100 tales, Il Decamerone, and it was this to which John Keats (1795–1821) turned for his own poem of 1820, Isabella, or, The Pot of Basil… Sold by Ocean's Bridge View return policy. To put it simply, we guarantee your satisfaction when ordering a painting from Ocean's Bridge. No problem! 14525 SW Millikan Way #15620, Beaverton, OR, 97005-2343, USA, (Artists are organized in alphabetical order.). Your email address will not be published. There are no hidden fees. Me and my girlfriend had been simply making ready to do a little analysis about this. Just wanted to let you know that we really love our painting! (William Holman Hunt, Isabella and the Pot of Basil, 1868, Laing Art Gallery: Newcastle Upon Tyne) The poem follows Gothic conventions. Isabella can never be repulsed by her close proximity to Lorenzo’s buried head. Isabella and the Pot of Basil is a painting completed in 1868 by William Holman Hunt depicting a scene from John Keats's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil. We only use the highest quality oil paint and finest available canvas. Her brothers kill Lorenzo. Your cart is empty. Like the narratives of so many Victorian paintings, the course of true love does not run smoothly. . The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood sought a return to the abundant detail, intense colors, and complex compositions of Pre-Raphaelite Italian art. “FAIR Isabel, poor simple Isabel! No order is shipped before it meets our standards, which are the highest in the industry. We are fortunate to have a good reputation within the artist community, and as such are able to attract top quality artists. We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers. Having traveled with his pregnant wife Fanny to Italy, Hunt began work on the painting in Florence. We always ship express via courier to ensure your order reaches you as soon as possible - normally within three business days.