Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Bard, Again

Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once.
~ William Shakespeare

I like that Shakespeare is lounging around as he writes (in the statue below). I also like the facial expressions in today's paintings, particularly the what-is-it-now? look on Hamlet's mother's face...

Memorial to William Shakespeare, Southwark Cathedral, London
Photo by John Armagh

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice
by Charles Buchel

Romeo and Juliet
by Ford Madox Brown (1821–1893)

Hamlet Shows His Mother the Ghost of His Father
by Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard

David Garrick as Richard III
by William Hogarth (1697–1764)

Othello and Desdemona in Venice
by Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856)


jama said...

Like the Romeo and Juliet painting! Also Hamlet's buns :D . . .

HWY said...

The Bard and his works...always an excellent topic.

I, too, like the reclining statue of Will, as well as the facial expression of Hamlet's mother.

I'm glad you included the Hogarth painting of the actor David Garrick. He was a genuine star of the theatre and deserves to be in this line-up.

And I wondered about Hamlet's buns too...sort of take center stage, don't they? ;-)

Tabatha said...

Do you think Garrick looks a little like Orlando Bloom? Is it just me?