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October | Wed 17th | 18:00

Gail-Nina Anderson Lecture Series - The Tragic Heroine in Art (3 of 3) £4

Ophelia, the Beautiful Victim

Across centuries and styles, artists have imagined and depicted the tragic beauties of myth, history and legend, re-creating their dramatic appeal to suit the tastes and preoccupations of their own time. These three talks follow the visual history of such figures, tracking the different ways they have been seen.

Shakespeare’s creation of the frail girl driven to madness has inspired not only countless performances but also artistic re-presentations that take the character away from the limitations of the stage and re-present her as the quintessential female victim. From the actresses portraying her to the fairy-like vision drifting towards her watery grave (and, of course, with a close look at Millais’ iconic Pre-Raphaelite painting) this lecture explores the appeal of the doomed innocent.

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