Paintings of William Shakespeare’s Plays: Contents

Fascinating- how differently artists respond to the same text!!

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This article lists the contents of this series, containing paintings, and their engravings, showing scenes from the plays of William Shakespeare. Images of the paintings are set in a brief summary of the plot, enabling the viewer to read their visual narrative in context. Plays are listed in the proposed order they were written, according to The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare. Painters names are given for the most significant depictions of each play.

0 Introduction

21 Two Gentlemen of Verona
Angelica Kauffmann (1741–1807)
William Holman Hunt (1827–1910)

huntvalentinerescuingsylvia William Holman Hunt (1827–1910), Valentine Rescuing Sylvia from Proteus (1850-51), oil on canvas, 100.2 x 133.4 cm, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England. Wikimedia Commons.

25 The Taming of the Shrew
Washington Allston (1779-1843)

Henry VI part 2, insufficient paintings
Henry VI part 3, insufficient paintings
Henry VI part 1, insufficient paintings

33 Titus Andronicus
Contemporary sketch by Henry Peacham (1578–?)


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María Dueñas: Deux impromptus, Op. 4: I. Espérance (Lalo)

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Julian Onderdonk, Stone Bridge in Winter, Central Park (1900s), Painted between 1901 and 1909, Image Source: wikimedia

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“Sensational Spanish violinist María Dueñas is the latest winner of the Menuhin Competition, the world’s most prestigious prize for young violinists. Born in Granada and now based in Vienna, Dueñas is one of the most thoughtful and communicative musicians on the current classical scene. Her second e-single is out now: Espérance (“Hope”), the first of the Two Impromptus, Op. 4 by French composer Lalo, the 200th anniversary of whose birth is being celebrated this year.”

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Victorian House Christmas, Pontiac, Illinois

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Victorian House Christmas, Pontiac, Illinois

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Marc Chagall: The Madonna of the Village (1938-42)

Chagall with his lovely astounding blue!

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Marc Chagall, The Madonna of the Village, 1938 – 1942, Oil on canvas, 102.5 x 98 cm ,Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

“During the years of the Jewish holocaust, Chagall painted numerous religious scenes taken from the Christian tradition…In 1940, while living temporarily in the Provencal town of Gordes, to which he had fled to escape the menacing Nazi advance through Holland and Belgium towards France, he continued working on this ambitious canvas and repainted some of the areas that were already sketched. The painting was not entirely completed until 1942, while the painter was staying in New York.

The painting in its final state shows a Madonna holding the Child in her arms, surrounded by angels singing and playing music accompanied by a flying cow with a violin. The scene is set near a small village. The Madonna, rendered on a monumental scale and wearing a bridal gown…

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A Weekend with Maximilien Luce’s ‘muscular’ paintings 1

Luce is probably much less well known than Signac but theree is a sort of classical elegance which is affecting.

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This weekend I’m celebrating the life and art of one France’s least-known and most prolific Neo-Impressionists, Maximilien-Jules-Constant Luce (1858-1941). His paintings are in galleries and museums around the world: the Musée d’Orsay holds quite a few of his very best, but seldom do they appear in special exhibitions, or in prominent places. In his long lifetime, he painted more than 2,000 works in oils, rather more than Cézanne, and was an accomplished Impressionist, Neo-Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist. But memory of him has faded badly.

He was born to a working class family in Paris, and started his apprenticeship to a wood engraver in 1872, just after the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1). This fired his enthusiasm for art, and he attended evening school, first in drawing, then starting to paint in oils. In 1876 he moved to work for Eugène Froment, who made woodcut prints for a wider range of clients. He pursued…

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28 by Jeniya Mard

This reads so heartfelt that I feel it’s a great poem.

Ephemeral Elegies

an elegy for my sister

You were seven when I was born, 

and they say you lived 

the lives of many people

and in under thirty years. 

you experienced millions

of smiles, laughs, and tears

woven into ten thousand, 

three hundred and twenty-one days

of love.

and for the rest of my days 

I promise to live by your love 

knowing that you are at peace

even if my heart will never know

the feeling of being one piece again

as for every sunrise and set I see,

I know that in seven years, 

I will be ten years older 

than you will ever be. 

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About the Poet:

Jeniya Mard is a writer from Metro Detroit, Michigan, and has a passion for writing fiction and poetry. She has been writing for years and believes in the good in everyone. She has had her writing…

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Edgar Degas: Dancers (1896)

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Edgar Degas, (French, 1834–1917), Dancers, 1896, Pastel with charcoal on tracing paper mounted on paper and backed with gray board, Sheet: 55.7 x 41.4 cm (21 15/16 x 16 5/16 in.), Gift of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Wade 1916.1043, Cleveland Museum of Art, Image Source: wikimedia

“Degas depicted the ballet in more than 1,000 paintings, prints, pastels, and sculptures. He preferred private, offstage moments to glamorous curtain calls or artfully constructed compositions. Here, three dancers stretch together in the wings, unaware of the viewer’s presence. Powdery layers of yellow, orange, and pink pastel create a rough surface characteristic of Degas’s late work in the medium. He invented special techniques that allowed him to build layer upon layer of color with varying degrees of opacity and transparency. This pastel’s rich surface and intense, vibrating palette is the result of such innovative methods.”

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Book review: The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig (Lithuania, 1930-2009)

It makes me pause and think how to approach historical topics like these to adolescents who themselves are going through stressful times. “When Hitler stole my pink rabbit” is another book that comes to mind.

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I hadn’t come across this classic of children’s literature until my son was assigned it as a year 8 (age 12-13) text. Published in 1968, The Endless Steppe is a memoir of Esther Hautzig’s childhood experiences during WWII, when she and her family were exiled to Siberia.

Hautzig was born in what is now Vilnius, Lithuania (then part of Poland). She had a comfortable early childhood in a large, upper middle-class, happy Jewish family on a tree-lined avenue and, as she recalls later, her wardrobe was bursting with pretty dresses.

In 1941 Vilnius was annexed by Soviet troops, and Hautzig was transported to exile in Siberia, along with her parents and paternal grandparents, leaving behind her extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins – a fact that would haunt the family thereafter.

After a gruelling train journey in cattle trucks, and months imprisoned in a labour camp as ‘capitalists’, amnesty…

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Autoportrait Day 320~ Zelda Fitzgerald


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Getting to know the characters!


The hour of sketching just flew by. Somehow it is simultaneously intense and relaxing. Addictive.

Back and front covers:

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Pages 3,4:

Pages 5,6:

Book structure:

Blick sulphite paper, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

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