Déjà Vu: Ophelia

Shakespeare’s Ophelia:

O, what a noble mind is here o’erthrown!

The courtier’s, scholar’s, soldier’s, eye, tongue, sword,

Th’ expectancy and rose of the fair state,

The glass of fashion and the mould of form,

Th’ observ’d of all observers- quite, quite down!

And I, of ladies most deject and wretched,

That suck’d the honey of his music vows,

Now see that noble and most sovereign reason,

Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune and harsh;

That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth

Blasted with ecstasy. O, woe is me

T’ have seen what I have seen, see what I see!

-Hamlet, Act III, Scene I

Waterhouse’s Ophelia:

Ophelia by John William Waterhouse, 1889 on Exshoesme.com
Ophelia by John William Waterhouse, 1889.

Vogue’s Ophelia:

Rooney Mara in Vogue, November 2011 on Exshoesme.com
Rooney Mara in Vogue, November 2011, photographed by Mert and Marcus.

Ophelia, through the brush of Sir John Everett Millais:

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais on Exshoesme.com
I must go and look at this 1852 version of Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais at the Tate Britain, on each London visit.

Ophelia, through the lens of Mert and Marcus:

Rooney Mara in Vogue 2, November 2011 on Exshoesme.com
Mert and Marcus take Mara on a Pre-Raphaelite journey.

Inspiration never fades…

Image sources: Wikipedia, Vogue.com.

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