NARRATOR: This painting by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John Everett Milliais is called ‘Mariana’, after a character from Shakespeare’s play ‘Measure for Measure’. Mariana’s dowry is lost in a shipwreck and when her fiancé Angelo leaves her she longs for his return. Curator Hannah Lyons. HANNAH LYONS: We can see in the composition that Mariana is standing wearily, arching her back after spending long hours at her embroidery. Her head leans back and she twists her neck to reveal her face and you'll notice that her belt slips down her front and her luxurious gown clings to her figure. NARRATOR: This contrasts with the subject of the stained glass window, the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear the son of God. HANNAH LYONS: Millais has chosen to illustrate this scene in order to make a sharp contrast between the Virgin Mary’s fulfilment and Mariana’s deep yearning. NARRATOR: Like the other Pre-Raphaelites, Millais was eager to make is paintings as accurate as possible. HANNAH LYONS: He went to painstaking lengths to reconstruct actual settings. Indeed, he travelled to Oxford, to the chapel of Merton College to paint the stained glass windows which you can see in the painting and upon his return from Oxford he bought silk and velvets to use as props, presumably for Mariana’s dress.