Thursday, September 5, 2013

O, I am fortune's fool!

Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, prologue

Today's Art Thursday was inspired by a performance of Romeo and Juliet I saw at the American Shakespeare Center last weekend.

Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?
Romeo and Juliet, Act I, Scene i

The famous balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet
by Frank Dicksee (1853–1928)

Casa di Giulietta, balcony, Italy
photo by Parimal Satyal

L’ultimo bacio dato a Giulietta da Romeo
by Francesco Hayez

Romeo and Juliet
photo by Sara AlMutawa

Act III, Scene iii (Romeo, on why being banished is no better than a death sentence)
photo by Venet Osmani

Stamp honoring the 50th anniversary of the Royal Shakespeare Company

Discovery of the corpses of Romeo and Juliet, detail, 1837
by Eugen Eduard Schäffer, after Peter Cornelius
shared by Karl Steel

The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet
by Frederic Lord Leighton (1830 – 1896)

Romeo and Juliet in Central Park
photo by Joyce Wang

* ASC Romeo and Juliet shirt (scroll down)
* "Personally, I think Romeo and Juliet could have handled the situation better" t-shirt
* Shakespearean love mug
* Shakespeare set of five cards
* Letters to Juliet (movie)
* The only tissue soft enough for Juliet's tears (vintage ad)


Pop said...

Excellent depictions of one of my favorite plays, and they are all great in their own ways.

The links at the bottom are especially cool; loved the t-shirt ("Personally....) and the tissue ad is priceless. :-)

Tara @ A Teaching Life said...

I never tire of this play, and its many manifestations in such a wide variety of art forms...and I wish I had been cool enough to have worn that tshirt in high school, when I felt that way, too!