Take a couple of similes from Macbeth, and depict them word for word in a painting to express a tough abstract concept. And doesn’t it work well.
Several Pre-Raphaelites painted this character from a Shakespeare comedy, but as a symbol of despondent isolation. Why?
Towards the end of his career, he campaigned for students at the Royal Academy Schools to have proper life classes with nude models. And a nude got him into trouble.