Knight Errant (John Everett Millais)  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The Knight Errant is a painting by John Everett Millais. It depicts a nude woman tied to a tree and a knight cutting her loose. The painting created controversy when it was first displayed, because the nude female was shown facing her rescuer, a posture which was considered too sexually suggestive. Millais repainted the figure so that she was looking away from her rescuer. This reaction of shock by 19th century audiences highlights the potential of CMNF as a mechanism for both challenging and reinforcing gender stereotypes.

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