Portia (1886)

Millais, John Everett (1829-1896)

Oil on canvas, 125.1 x 83.8 cm
Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York

In Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, the heroine Portia disguises herself in lawyer’s robes and outwits the moneylender Shylock in court, preventing him from extracting his infamous loan penalty of a “pound of flesh.”

See also:

• Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)