Object Image

Miranda (from "The Tempest")

In Miranda (from "The Tempest"), George Henry Hall depicted the only female character from Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Shipwrecked on an island with her father, the sorcerer Prospero, Miranda is often considered to be naïve due to her sheltered life. Here, she appears vulnerable and uncertain with her windblown scarf, downcast eyes, and awkward stance. Hall created several images of Miranda and other Shakespeare scenes throughout his career.

Credit: Gift of Frederick Darling

1856
Oil on canvas
64.2 x 48.3cm
1982.117
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

Where you'll find this