This is an original artwork inspired by "Rappaccini's Daughter" - a Gothic short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that was first published in the December 1844 issue of The United States Magazine and Democratic Review in New York, and later in the 1846 collection "Mosses from an Old Manse." The story is about Giacomo Rappaccini, a medical researcher in Padua, Italy who grows a garden of poisonous plants. He brings up his daughter to tend the plants, and she becomes resistant to the poisons, but in the process she herself becomes poisonous to others. This was not the first iteration of the story of a "poisonous maiden" - it's been traced back to India - but isn't Terry's interpretation a great one? Don't you just LOVE those tiny skulls peeping out of the garden, rising from plants? , and Hawthorne's version has been adopted in contemporary works. The image is almost iconic, a wonderful example of imagination at work creating marvelously creepy art. Hand-drawn in pen and ink on art paper, 16.5" x 11.75" and signed by the artist.
Terry Oakes: Rappaccini Nocturne
ships from the artist in Wales