Romeo and Juliet
Date: 1869-1870
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 53 3/8 × 37 in. (135.6 × 94 cm) frame: 62 1/2 x 44 1/2 in. (158.8 x 113 cm)
Credit Line: Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935
Object Number: 1935-1
About: The work of Shakespeare was particularly revered by the Pre-Raphaelites. In this painting, Brown captures the romantic and poignant moment in the early dawn on Juliet’s balcony, when Romeo parts from his love for what will be the final time. The composition has the dramatic awkwardness which is often present in Brown’s work, but which serves to allow his subjects a sense of realistic immediacy. This is countered by the wealth of “Pre-Raphaelite” detail, including the apple blossoms, an example of the emphasis on a close observation of the natural world.
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