Let me present a challenger, from another Preraphelite.The painting is probably the greatest physical depiction of the psychology of envy in the history of art.
That Circe's in my foyer.It's a widely printed artwork for good reason, but I feel that too few understand its magical appeal:
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"Envious Circe". Circe was a witch in Greek mythology, and she was in love with the sea god Glaucus. But Glaucus didn't love her; as we see, she is not beautiful, and the water nymph Scylla was very much so. Circe, driven by furious envy, brewed a potion and poured it into Scylla's pool, turning her into the hideous monster visible beneath Circe's feet.
The painting is probably the greatest physical depiction of the psychology of envy in the history of art. The lurid, glowing green of the water is the first thing we notice: the green of envy has poisoned the water. Everything about the painting points down, down towards Scylla; the target of envy: Circe's nose, elbows, chin, and the stream of her poisonously green potion all form downward arrows directing the eye to Scylla. The upper part of the painting is the same dull, hateful brown as Circe's hair. Intent, anger, despair and guilt are all magnificently evident in Circe's face; she was not a being of total malice, but psychotic envy bested her judgement.
She wears a peacock robe; the masculine beauty of the peacock a metaphor for Glaucus, whom she so covets, and it casts a hideous green pall on her skin; her jealousy rendering her very body. Circe, using magic to stand on the water, thinks herself immune to her own poison. But her dress is a huge, verdant hand, reaching from the atrocity below her and consuming her with its black eyes and undulating venomous green. In a final mockery, Scylla's serpentine coils match the round, dark eyes of Circe's dress. Circe is poisoning herself with envy as surely as she poisons Scylla; in this picture, they are both monsters.