GOING OUT / The Sunday Picture

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This week's picture that can be seen for nothing on a Sunday is 'Juliet and her Nurse', c 1863, by John Roddam Spencer-Stanhope. It is one of the few paintings of the period to depict Shakespeare's teenage heroine (others are by Ford Madox Brown, Frederic Leighton, and Lucy Madox Brown); perhaps the popularity of stage portrayals deterred artists from immortalising her on canvas. Spencer-Stanhope places her in a typically Pre- Raphaelite interior, with stained-glass windows and (behind the nurse) a triptych in the manner of Duccio. The picture is in 'Heaven on Earth: the Religion of Beauty in Late Victorian Art', an exhibition at the Djanogly Gallery, in the new University of Nottingham Arts Centre (see below for opening times).

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