Trivium Art HistoryWilliam Holman Hunt

Bianca

Bianca, 1869 — William Holman Hunt
88.3 cm66.8 cm

Bianca is a Pre Raphaelite, Oil on Canvas Painting created by William Holman Hunt from 1868 to 1869. It lives at the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery in England. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Portraits. Source

The model for Bianca was an American girl named Miss Lydiard: ‘a very beautiful fair American girl’ according to Hunt.

Depicts Bianca, a character from Shakespeare’s Othello. She is Cassio’s jealous lover. Bianca plays a significant role in the progress of Iago’s scheme to incite Othello’s jealousy of Cassio. Traditionally regarded as a courtesan, Bianca was occasionally cut from performances in the 19th century on moral grounds.

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