Ophelia

“There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.”

― William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Ophelia. John Everett Millais. 1851.

Ophelia. John Everett Millais. 1851.

Millais‘ emblematic representation of Shakespeare’s Ophelia recreated through the ages:

Virginia Madsen recreate Ophelia in this scene from the film Fire with Fire, 1986.

Virginia Madsen recreates Ophelia in this scene from the film Fire with Fire, 1986.

The Way Home. Tom Hunter. 1999-2001.

The Way Home. Tom Hunter. 1999-2001.

Untitled (Ophelia). Gregory Crewdson. 2001.

Untitled (Ophelia). Gregory Crewdson. 2001.

Alessandra Sanguineti. Ophelia. 2002.

Alessandra Sanguineti. Ophelia. 2002.

Erin Oconnor Posing as Ophelia. Nadav Kander. 2004.

Erin Oconnor Posing as Ophelia. Nadav Kander. 2004.

Almere - Ophelia. Ellen Kooi. 2006.

Almere – Ophelia. Ellen Kooi. 2006.

“Lay her i’ the earth:
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring!”

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One Comment on “Ophelia”

  1. cfpwilliams says:

    It’s fascinating to see how often the 1851 John Everett Millais painting has been re-imagined or re-invented on a regular basis. It is an emotive and powerful image which photographers and filmmakers seem to be particularly drawn to.


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