Deciphering the Riddle of this Poignant Love Painting

Detail of ‘A Huguenot’ (1852) by John Everett Millais. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Image source Wikimedia Commons

We are on our way to bloodshed. Two lovers embrace moments before a violent massacre. Curiously, she is tying a white scarf around the man’s arm. At the same time he is pulling the scarf away.

There is tenderness in the way they look at each other. Their eyes meet…

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