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Millais Ophelia painting on display again at Tate Britain, London

Millais Ophelia painting on display again at Tate Britain, London
8 Aug 2014

A famous Ophelia has recently been around the world, taking in Russia, Italy, the US and Japan.

John Everett Millais' painting Ophelia shows Shakespeare's character Ophelia, the woman who loves the titular prince in Hamlet, but ends up drowning herself.

The work, created 1851-2 was among the first added to the Tate Collection - and when it comes to gallery souvenirs, it's a best selling postcard at Tate Britain.

Tate says that Millais painted the image's background of greenery using a Surrey river bank as inspiration.

At the time it was painted, the work was thought of as an example of the most true-to-life depictions of nature in the world.

The work was part of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, which was on show at Tate Britain starting 2012 and later headed to various galleries around the world, where more than 1.1 million people saw it.

It's one of a range of pieces included in that exhibition which have now gone back on show at Tate Britain after the tour.

Other pieces returning to display in London include Jesus Washing Peter’s Feet by Ford Madox Brown and Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

"It has been fascinating to see how popular the Pre-Raphaelites have been in different international contexts and how they resonate with other cultures. It is great to welcome them back and to be able to integrate them into our permanent displays again," commented Tate Britain director, Penelope Curtis.

Tate Britain is open daily, 10am to 6pm. Until the end of the month, it is home to the temporary exhibition British Folk Art, which has been on show since June 10th.

Also in London, Tate Modern has a stronger focus on modern art than its sister gallery, and can be found on the South Bank.ADNFCR-408-ID-801740887-ADNFCR

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