Prospero envisions the marriage of his daughter and the return to Milan as an ending of his life. He was the master of ceremonies on the island, he used his power to restore harmony. In Milan he will end in despair, unless prayers can redeem him. However, he will only be the dark shadow of his devil art. Melancholy and dark subconscious are among the main themes in this drawing. It evokes Renaissance engravings on similar moods through water renonculus.