Monna Vanna – Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Playwright Maurice Maeterlinck saw Monna Vanna as a heroine -- “a woman revered as the epitome of honor and virtue, who must surrender her body for a night to the hated leader of the Florentine army,” and whose choices that night “unleashed a torrent of conflicts and sub-conflicts.”
What estimation do you think Rossetti makes of Monna, and why? Look at the clues the artist offers[click here and scroll down a little for some of them].
Is Monna, as depicted here, in some way similar to Judith, who was faced with a similar choice?