Note 12 to the author's "Millais's "Mariana": Literary Painting, the Pre-Raphaelite Gothic, and the Iconology of the Marian Artist"

"The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the Anglican High Church," Burlington Magazine 111 (1969) 294- 95. Millais had the opportunity to examine the stained glass Annunciation close-up when he shared the scaffolding of John Hungerford Pollen who was painting the Merton Chapel ceiling. See Anne Pollen, John Hungerford Pollen 1820-1902 (London: Murray, 1912) 268. Significantly, whereas the Merton angel looks askance at the Virgin with a beady black eye, Millais's angel appears to be gazing at Mariana, an important alteration which engages the female figure in an act of confrontation with the male glass image.


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