Monday, September 6, 2010

Ophelia by Millais

The British painter John Everett Millais did a painting based on the scene in Hamlet right before Ophelia drowns. The painting captures the moment where Ophelia sings while floating in the river, blissfully unaware of her impending doom.

The most interesting aspect of the painting to me is Ophelia's facial expression. Her gaping mouth and dazed eyes suggest that she has retreat deep into madness, unable to

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