of the Shakespeare Art Collection -- Shakespeare
Index of Plays
- Index of Suits
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"As You Like It"
Her sweet and smiling face is framed with a head-band of love and
kindness, set on a ground of purity, like her nature. The pink & red skirt
emphasizes this quality, as do the flowers on her full sleeves of growth-green,
which are banded in loyalty and cuffed in truth, like her bodice and apron.
The vertical stripes denote her uprightness. The peasant's vest is of
friendship green, trimmed in modesty. Tho the daughter of the usurping
Duke, her purple royalty is behind her as she assumes the guise of a
shepherdess. She holds a basket of fruit, a symbol of fruitfulness and
fertility. "Stay with it, Celia baby, there's hope yet for this sick
Claudio: "Measure for Measure"
A simple, honest lover whose integrity is shown by the blue collar and
wide brimmed hat framing a troubled face. The rustic jerkin of friendship green& the staff indicate his simplicity. The sash of honesty, passion &
pride hangs over his sleeve banded in loyalty. The mantle over his shoulder;
red for feelings; yellow for truth has opposing diagonals, signifying
conflict...In his case it's with law. His alliance with Julietta was
moral but not legal. So Angelo the fink sent him to the clink. His
super-virtuous sister was no great help either. In the end his union was
'legalized',; making everything soapy. At least the moral face of the community got
a superficial washing, but who cares?
Claudio: "Much Ado About Nothing"
Although the suitor of Hero, he is classed as a 'good person' because he
is basically without malice, and because his romantic passion lacks
intensity. This is seen in the short red mantle, flanked by a cape of friendship,
the designs of which show his changeability. The browns imply his modesty.
His goodness, by the pink background. The upper tunic & shield are the colors
of secrets, shadows and intrigues. Like Othello, he was trapped in a web
of lies, but his red belt of desire and yellow sash of truth
ultimately resolve the conspiracy. "Cheers! Claudio, but I still think you're
This, Tho classed as Royalty, is also an Evil-Doer. His red bodice
reveals his lust; for Gertrude and the crown. The yellow-green sash of jealousy
is diagonaled in conflict and adorns the regal robe. The same color is on
the sleeve, with a royal crest on a ground of covetousness, cuffed in deathly-black ermine, like the flowing lapel. This doom is also in the black
cord by which hangs his pendant of authority, also marked by the jeweled
yoke of greed. He holds a vial of poison, with which he 'did in his brother,
and a goblet of same intended for Hamlet'. (The dual meaning is that
"Cuddles" was no slacker in nightly carousing!) The crown sits heavy on his
anxious face. He earned the shiv in the gizzard. "Sorry, old boy, Tell it to