The Feigned Death of Juliet

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Title

The Feigned Death of Juliet

Subject

bedchamber, Capulet, characters, Count Paris, domestic interior, Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), Friar Laurence, Juliet, Lady Capulet, medieval dress, music, musical instruments, musicians, nurse, play, Romeo and Juliet, SA, Shakespearean characters, South Australia, tragedy, William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Description

This oil on canvas painting by nineteenth-century artist Frederic Leighton was acquired by the Art Gallery of South Australia with funds from the Elder Bequest in 1899. Titled ‘The Feigned Death of Juliet’ it depicts a scene from William Shakespeare’s tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet'. In Act IV Scene V of the play, Count Paris arrives at the Capulet house with Friar Laurence to claim Juliet as his bride. However, instead of finding her ready to proceed to the church to be wed, he discovers Juliet seemingly lifeless in her chamber. In Leighton’s painting, Juliet is shown lying on a bed surrounded by her mother, her nurse, her father and Count Paris. Friar Laurence hovers in the corner and a band of musicians congregate by the open door with their instruments. Although the play was written in the 1590s, it is set in Verona in an earlier (but unspecified) period. The characters in the painting are all depicted wearing styles of dress typical of the High Middle Ages.

Creator

Leighton, Frederic

Source

Art Gallery of South Australia

Publisher

Art Gallery of South Australia

Date

1856 - 1858

Rights

Art Gallery of South Australia

Format

Oil on Canvas, 113.6 x 175.2cm;
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Citation

“The Feigned Death of Juliet,” Medievalism in Australian Cultural Memory, accessed December 16, 2019, http://ausmed.arts.uwa.edu.au/items/show/724.