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Ophelia

Sarah Bernhardt, 1880
Ophelia, Sarah Bernhardt
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70 cmOphelia scale comparison59 cm
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Ophelia is an Academic Marble Sculpture created by Sarah Bernhardt in 1880. It lives in a private collection. The image is used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Death in Art. Source

Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull'd the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.

—Hamlet, Act IV, Scene VII

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