The Artwork

A deeper dive into the artwork that inspires my poetry

Each piece ranges from the ancient world to the contemporary.

 
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Ophelia

John Everett Millais, 1851-2, oil on canvas

Millais was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an organized group of painters, poets and art critics founded in 1848.  Much of the work by Millais and the other members focused on classical figures and literature.  The scene depicted in this painting is from Shakespeare's Hamlet in Act IV, scene vii in which Ophelia has fallen into the stream and drowned.

 
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Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth

John Singer Sargent, 1889, oil on canvas

In 1888, John Singer Sargent attended a production of Macbeth where he became enchanted by Dame Ellen Terry's performance of Lady Macbeth. While the pose seen here wasn't in the productionSargent invented the pose for the painting after persuading Terry to sit for him.