Entry by Klea Hazizaj: A monster representing the miscegenated state of the theatre, combining tragedy, comedy, and pantomime.
This is a painting that depicts a monster with four heads each head is supposed to represent a different type of theatre. The heads represent comedy, pantomime, and tragedy. The monster is stepping on pieces of paper the first one at the front a big scroll says regular dramas and has a list of play, The papers all list names of plays except for the last one at the back which says shakespeare’s works. Also we see people dressed differntly below the monster and a person in front of the monster. Jacobean theatre began when James I ascended to the throne. This period in theatre lasted from 1562 to 1642. Famous theatres of this era include the Globe, and the rose. In this period women and men were allowed to attend plays. Also theatre had become more accesible with low ticket prices. In addition theatre was now recognized as a profession. Famous playwrights of the time included Shakespeare, Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, John Ford, and Phillip Massigner. In this era most of the plays were dark,shifting form the prior Elizabeathan period. In this painting we see a dark mood clearly repsenting jacobean theatre with words such as road to ruin on one of the papers. In addition we see the paper that says shakespears works on it, and shakespeare was a massive playwright during this period.We see a dark mood in this painting with the monster bleeding, and this reflects the jacobean period in which as I stated earlier most of the plays were tragedies.
Author: Klea Hazizaj
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- file formatjpeg
- file size2 MB
- creatorSamuel De Wilde
- creditBritish Museum, Catalogue of political and personal satires, London 1947, vol. 9, no. 10796
- rightsPublic Domain