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The Shadow (1909) by Edmund Blair Leighton is not as well known as many of Edmund Blair Lieghton's other works.

The pre-Raphaelite painters were inspired by Romantic writers and poets. They returned to the direct study of nature and a pure color palette which gives their pictures a dramatic quality. The sentimental portrayal of figures in flowing costumes placed in lush settings give their work a unique flavor.

The poignancy of the moment captured in this painting is immediately apparent: a knight, in full chain mail, stands in profile before a castle wall, absolutely still and unhurried, while his beloved traces the shadow he casts with a piece of charcoal vine. The presence of a ship in the harbor, though distant, creates the sense of his impending departure - likely to battle - and gives significance to her drawing as possibly the only remembrance she may have of him for some time to come.

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