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Scene from Act I, Scene II of The Tempest
  • Alvira Alden
    active: United States
  • Scene from Act I, Scene II of The Tempest, 1798
  • Where object was made: United States
  • watercolor on silk
  • Object Height/Width: 58.4 x 68.9 cm
    Object Height/Width: 23 x 27 1/4 in
    Frame Dimensions: 24 1/4 x 28 1/4 x 1 3/4 in
    Weight: 13 lbs
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0770

Painted scene of figures from Act I, Scene II of The Tempest, including:
Prospero, the retired ruler of Milan, Miranda, the daughter of Prospero who was brought to the desert island at the age of three. Prince Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples and a survivor of the wrecked ship. Ariel, figure in the clouds with the lyre who announces the safety of the passangers of the wrecked ship in the background. There is a figure carrying wood, Prince Ferdinand, who is a prisoner of Prospero. The figures are shown in contemporary dress, Directoire, the late 18th century. Prospero is dressed in a red robe, an illusion to his position as a ruler. The wand and the paper with arcane symbols are illusions to his interest in magic.