Isabella and the Pot of Basil was inspired by John Keat's poem of the same name. In the tale, Isabella's brother's murder Lorenzo because they wish Isabella to marry someone else. Isabella buries Lorenzo's heat in a pot of basil and waters it with her tears. The painting is full of Middle Eastern objects, including fabric drapes and floor covering.
Here is James' (age7) sketch of the painting. James loves to include lots of details in his sketches such as Isabella's Middle Eastern belt, the details of the chandelier, and her hair draped over the basil pot.