Art

Ophelia Project

Ophelia is one of Shakespeare’s iconic tragic heroines, who has remained an archetypal example of romantic suicide and mental illness to this day. I want to explore depictions of Ophelia in the 1800’s and why she became so popular during this time. In particular, I aim to analyse the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais’  famous… Continue reading Ophelia Project

Art, art history

Ode to Muhammed – Year 13 Art History Coursework

"We met a woman, Alaa al-Abasi: she has 11 children, she wears a burqa, and she boxes in a gym to keep fit"Art gets things out in the open" - Young British Muslim artists tell their storiesTim Adams, The Guardian, 12 April 2015 After reading this quote, I wanted to take it further and create… Continue reading Ode to Muhammed – Year 13 Art History Coursework

Art, art history, Essays

Millais and Ophelia: Femininity, Madness, and Representation

The 21-year-old John Everett Millais released his painting ‘Ophelia’ in 1852 at the Royal Academy. As an early Pre-Raphaelite work, it valued high detail, realism in its depiction and an abundance of colour. Millais’ paintings often stemmed from the Romantic, the medieval, and the literary - especially Shakespeare, which was exceedingly popular in the Victorian… Continue reading Millais and Ophelia: Femininity, Madness, and Representation