• Pre-Raphaelites and The Lady of Shalott

    1 month ago - By Rick Steves

    As Europe starts opening up to travelers again, it's more exciting than ever to think about the cultural treasures that await. For me, one of the great joys of travel is having in-person encounters with great art - which I've collected in a book called Europe's Top 100 Masterpieces. Here's one of my favorites:
    This woman's haunting face makes it clear right away that - despite the sumptuous beauty of this painting - it doesn't tell a happy tale. The Lady of Shalott knows she's floating down a river to her doom.
    The English artist John William Waterhouse depicts the dramatic climax of a...
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