The viewer who already knows the poem, will instantly recognise the meaning of those fabrics.
The viewer who has not read the poem will start thinking about it and might discover the meaning in the process.
Intermediality is often considered as a modern form of art in which several forms of media or performance are brought together.
But can older and more traditional ways of art also be considered as intermedial, and how?
Waterhouse puts emphasis on this by giving the river, the trees and the sky grey and dark colours and the Lady and her fabrics in the boat bright and outstanding colours.
The Lady herself wears a white dress and gold necklace, and almost seems to be a source of light herself.
The part of the poem where the lady is in the boat, wearing a white dress, loosening the chain, and sets for Camelot can be seen on the painting. But next to the fact that there is a transfer, the painting also appears to be independent of the poem, because it seems to tell a story of its own, or it at least expands this part of the story.
For example, Waterhouse adds to the dark atmosphere and the fact that the lady is going to her end.
The woman often takes some sort of action which influences her fate.
All these things can also be found in his painting ‘The Lady of Shalott’ (1888), which can be seen below in figure 1.