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John William Waterhouse, Mariamne Leaving the Judgment Seat of Herod, 1887, Oil on canvas.
According to the story, the favorite of Herod’s wives was unjustly accused of adultery and is condemned to death. Clothed in white, a symbol of purity, she walks down to her doom. 

John William Waterhouse, Mariamne Leaving the Judgment Seat of Herod, 1887, Oil on canvas.

According to the story, the favorite of Herod’s wives was unjustly accused of adultery and is condemned to death. Clothed in white, a symbol of purity, she walks down to her doom. 

John William Waterhouse, Pandora, 1893, Oil on canvas. 
In Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman on earth. Due to her natural curiosity she opens a box out of which escapes evil and chaos; however, hope remains at the bottom of the box. 

John William Waterhouse, Pandora, 1893, Oil on canvas. 

In Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman on earth. Due to her natural curiosity she opens a box out of which escapes evil and chaos; however, hope remains at the bottom of the box. 

John William Waterhouse, Consulting the Oracle, 1884, Oil on canvas, with watercolor and ink study. 

Waterhouse, La Belle dam sans Mercie (The Lady without Mercy), 1893, Oil on canvas. 
This painting expresses the Victorian idea of female beauty used to entrap and cause danger to an enraptured male. 

Waterhouse, La Belle dam sans Mercie (The Lady without Mercy), 1893, Oil on canvas. 

This painting expresses the Victorian idea of female beauty used to entrap and cause danger to an enraptured male. 

Waterhouse, Cleopatra, 1887, Oil on canvas. 

Waterhouse, Cleopatra, 1887, Oil on canvas. 

A Mermaid, John William Waterhouse, 1900, Oil on canvas. 
Waterhouse is the primary artist of the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood. His very popular paintings portray place figures of ideal feminine beauty into allegorical, mythological, legend, literary, and Christian saint scenes. 

A Mermaid, John William Waterhouse, 1900, Oil on canvas. 

Waterhouse is the primary artist of the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood. His very popular paintings portray place figures of ideal feminine beauty into allegorical, mythological, legend, literary, and Christian saint scenes. 

View of Rhenen by Jan van Goyen (1656)

View of Rhenen by Jan van Goyen (1656)

Haarlemmer Meer by Jan van Goyen (1656)

Haarlemmer Meer by Jan van Goyen (1656)

Landscape with Cottage and Figures by Jan van Goyen and Pieter Molijn (ca.1640)

Landscape with Cottage and Figures by Jan van Goyen and Pieter Molijn (ca.1640)

View of the Haarlemmermeer by Jan van Goyen (1646)

View of the Haarlemmermeer by Jan van Goyen (1646)