Saturday, November 26, 2011

Ophelia drowned

Inspired by... these gorgeous creations of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine Ophelia, who drowned surrounded by fantastic garlands of "nettles, daisies, and long purples." (Hamlet, the Death of Ophelia, act 4 scene 7). Dreamy.

by Benjamin Whitley  

from Korean Vogue in 2007

by phatpuppycreations

by Amanda Keeys Photography

Actress Rooney Mara from Vogue Magazine

Ophelia Kirsten Dunst in Lars Von Trier's film, Melancholia 

Actress Rooney Mara from Vogue Magazine

The Lily Pond by candygears via Flickr

from Vogue, December 2011

by Susan Lenz

by unknown artist

by Toni Oswald

by Ashley Leazer

Ophelia John Everett Millais

by David Cater

by John William Waterhouse 1889

by unknown artist

by Alce Hnna  

by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

by Maria Medeiros

by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

by Ayten Alpun

by Sarah Walker

by Olivia Gird photography

by from

by Spiteful Pie

by Harold Copping

by Azahara Fernández

by unknown artist

Kamille from roseblood and mothdust blog

Ophelia from Korean Vogue in 2007

by Lady Orlando

by Sonja Michelle Merle Pace

by Catalina Dudka

“There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
Therewith fantastic garlands did she make
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them:
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 lauds;
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.” 

— from Shakespeare's Hamlet


  1. Thank you Diane for visiting my Pinterest site and for your appreciation. Indeed, I am conducting my PhD in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art (London) on the Death of Ophelia. I am still amazed to realize how much I am learning from my Ophelia boards!

  2. TKS YOU, i share in my facebook.


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