Sunday, 1 September 2013

Inspired by Shakespeare

Shakespeare's influence has flowed down through the generations and has left its mark on the words we use, on literature, film, and art. Authors have borrowed phrases from his work for the titles of their books (Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, for example) and movies have been based on his plays (West Side Story is a modern take on Romeo & Juliet).







Brush up on Your Shakespeare by Michael Macrone is an interesting tour through 'the most famous and quotable words and phrases from the Bard.' Common and uncommon words and phrases coined by Shakespeare, titles borrowed from Shakespeare, as well as phrases which have been wrongly attributed to Shakespeare are included in this book.

Art is another area which has felt the influence of Shakespeare. Ophelia, a character in Hamlet, is one of Shakespeare's most frequently painted subjects, with some artists such as John William Waterhouse, depicting her a number of times.
Below are paintings that have been inspired by the works of Shakespeare.




Hermia & Helena by Joseph Severn (1819) A Midsummer Night's Dream






Ophelia by John Waterhouse (1889) Hamlet





Ophelia by John Waterhouse (1894) Hamlet





Ophelia by John Waterhouse (1910) Hamlet





Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent (1889) Macbeth





 King Lear by Edwin Austin Abbey (1898)







 The First Madness of Ophelia by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1868) Hamlet





Titania by Henry Meynell Rheam (1859-1920) A Midsummer Night's Dream






The Play Scene in Hamlet by Edwin Austin Abbey (1897)





 Gonerill & Reagan by Edwin Austin Abbey (1902) King Lear






Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852) Hamlet






Miranda by John William Waterhouse(1916) The Tempest





 The Princes in the Tower by John Everett Millais (1878) Richard III






Oberon, Titania and Puck with Fairies Dancing by William Blake (c.1876) A Midsummer Night's Dream






Ferdinand Lured by Ariel by John Everett Millais (1849) The Tempest






Juliet by Philip Hermogenes Calderon (1888) Romeo & Juliet





Much Ado About Nothing by Alfred Enmore 1846






Jessica by Sir Samuel Luke Fildes (1888) The Merchant of Venice






Claudio, Deceived by Don John Accuses Hero by Marcus Stone (c.1861) Much Ado About Nothing





Perdita by Anthony Frederick Sandys (1866) The Winter's Tale






Desdemona by Frederic Leighton (1888) Othello







Othello and Desdemona in Venice by Theodore Chasseriau (1850) Othello


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 comment:

  1. ***Thank you for sharing this :)
    Blessings,Renee
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