A Roman Offering 1890

Date: circa 1890
Medium: Oil on canvas

A Roman Offering was painted by the British artist John William Waterhouse sometime around 1890. The subject of the painting is a Roman woman named Ophelia. This painting is in the Neo-Classical style. Here are some tips for viewing this painting. If you're interested in learning more about this work of art, continue reading! Below are some of Waterhouse's other famous paintings. You might also enjoy this one, too!


The painting depicts the tragic heroine of Hamlet as she falls in love with the wind god. The wind god, Flora, was a minor fertility deity in the Roman pantheon and personified spring. As the festival began in Rome in 238 B.C., Waterhouse may have been alluding to this fact with his golden stola, which held women's togas in place.

Although he created three versions of the story, Ophelia is his most famous subject. In this version, she is just before her death, sitting on a tree branch leaning over a lake. She has a similar appearance to Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Ophelia. John Everett Millais was also influenced by Waterhouse's Ophelia in A Roman Offering.

Many artists have depicted Ophelia. The most famous is John Everett Millais' Ophelia. In this painting, Ophelia clutches flowers in her partially open hands. Her head bobs above murky water. Her rich, beaded dress, and unblinking expression are haunting. Whether or not she is drowning, the story is always a popular choice for a painting.

Street scene in Cairo

The street scene in Cairo in John William Waterhouse's “A Roman Offering” is a classic example of Egyptian architecture. The streets and buildings are lined with pharaonic temples, surrounded by a ring of high-rise buildings. The scene is both beautiful and eerie, capturing the essence of ancient Egypt. The artist was inspired by his travels to Egypt, and the scene is a perfect example of how he captured the city in his painting.

The street scene in Cairo in A Roman Offering 1890 is one of the most famous images of Egypt in the entire nineteenth century. The artist captured the city's energy and spirit through the use of light and shadow. The street scene is full of color and vigor, and the Egyptian skyline is outlined by the ancient temple. The ruins are depicted in b/w in the North Africa Photograph Album, and the artist also included images of Tunisia and Kenya in this collection.