"Hope", painted by George Frederick Watts
I have finally found a visual expression of my own experience with hope. I am so grateful. Can you see the single string on the lyre the women is holding? The painter, George Frederick Watts, explains why all the strings are broken, except one, and why. As I have explored the deeper meaning and beauty of hope (the one remaining string) I have come to believe that Jesus Christ's atonement is at the very root; hope springs from the atonement of Christ.
Watts painted this painting, entitled "Hope", in 1885. It was given to the British nation in 1897. The painting is displayed at London’s Tate Museum. They have this to say