October 25, 2015 at 5:28 pm
· Filed under Art, Roba
Yesterday we watched “Hamlet”, a performance at the Odeon amphitheater by English troupe London Globe. The performance brought to my mind one of the first paintings I ever loved, which was of Ophelia.
I may have been 6 or 7, and the painting was the star of a “Spot the differences” gimmick in Majalet Majed or something like that. I didn’t know what Hamlet was at that point of course, nor was I familiar with Millais. But even though I was so young, I fell in love with the beautiful layering of hair, tulle, and flowers floating on water. I couldn’t understand how the artist made them flow that way. So I cut that page and saved it.
It was years later that I became familiar with Shakespeare, Ophelia, and Millais.
It’s still one of my favorite paintings.
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.
At the risk of sounding sacrilegious, I must get this out of my system anyway… The Colosseum is totally overrated. And this is coming from an art major who once wrote a 50-page paper on the history and architecture of this historical building for a History of Art class in university.
I mean, it’s awesome of course, but I’ll be the one to say this cause no one else seems to want to say it (I got so many “Ah yeah it was just okay” statements after I went): if you’re Jordanian and you only have a few days in Rome, skip the Colosseum till another trip when you have a whole load of time. Trust me… Jerash is like an hour away, and it’s even less hot.
Obviously this does not apply to you if you’re not Jordanian.
This is Not Art.
It’s not deeply meaningful or vaguely philosophical.
It’s not calculated or exact.
It is in fact, a series of posters designed from classic paintings.
A simple reinterpretation of how we saw them.
Our tribute to art and design.
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