of the Shakespeare Art Collection -- Shakespeare
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"Much Ado About Nothing"
He is the Hero-Lover of Beatrice. Whether for or against marriage, he is
a man of order and honesty, as shown by his red & yellow mantle. His
background and cuffs are 'growth-green', denoting his emotional
expansion. The buckled belt; chest sash and tunic denote his military career on
Don Pedro's legions. Goodness and honesty stripe his shirt, the two
directions signifying his duality as soldier and lover. His decency can also be
seen in the pink cuff and flower of tenderness. The light blue mantle shows
him for a man of integrity but not without a streak of vanity and a touch
of cynicism...the blue-green part. The dashing brown hat and vest show
his earthiness. His union with Beatrice will be anything but dull. The match
is more like ping-pong than courtship! Cheer on! me hearties!
Benvolio: "Romeo & Juliet"
Romeo's cousin, (Probably on his mother's side) is not a scrapper like
Tybalt or Mercutio. The light blue background shows his integrity; the
purple hat, his nobility; the brown tunic, his modesty; yellow sleeves
his honesty; and over his arm, the pink & olive-green pennants of kindness
and friendship, lined with the dark blue of loyalty, also seen in the
shoulder guards. He is upright and law abiding, quoting the Duke's edicts. Under
his right arm, the Wheel of Destiny. Ben is just one of the spokes, but a
Desdemona's father; there's no mistaking this rich influential member
of the ruling class with his royal purple hat and gown. The somber
background matches his stern and uncompromising aspect. The imperious band, no-nonsense chain and pendant as well as the ornate robe, all denote
his authority. Behind the lapel can be seen a partially hidden crest of double-headed arrows, also repeated on his shoulder indicate his sharp rancor
at his daughter's actions. His left hand cuffed in wrath, holds the axe
of spite and filial denial. Like his countryman, Capulet, his little girl
can have anything she wants, so long as it's in accord with his dictates.
But his intractability was self-destructive. Too bad! Another drop-out
from Fathers School.
He is basically a decent, well-meaning person, as the light blue
background shows. The shirt and jacket of browns indicates his open-ness, but
the varied diagonals mean he is discombobulated, at loose ends. His zeal &enthusiasm are in the red, jaunty hat and red scarf. Over his shoulder is
a cape of friendship-green, crested with a flower of kindness. His
right sleeve is striped, making him captive to his weakness, the tankard of
wine. As a result, his reputation is dishonored. He is 'roped' into being
a vehicle for Iago's malice, and his life is split like his sleeve,
through deceptive friends. "Better watch the nectar, Hector!" and join