Oil on canvas
The painting shows a scene from John Keat's poem Isabella, or the Pot of Basil. It's a rather long poem, but to sum it up, Isabella's brothers murder her lover and cut off his head. Isabella then buries the head in a pot of basil and tends it obsessively. The painting depicts this part of the poem:
It's the subject of many paintings, so you'll probably be seeing Isabella again on this blog soon!Hung over her sweet basil evermore,And moisten'd it with tears unto the core.