Caesar couldn’t say that he wasn't warned. The Ides of

Caesar couldn’t say that he wasn't warned. The Ides of

3/25/2021, 11:26:23 AM
Caesar couldn’t say that he wasn't warned. The Ides of March (1883) by Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) shows a spectacular scene from Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar. There are two figures standing in the center foreground, Caesar on the left, and his wife Calpurnia on the right. They are inside a richly-decorated Roman palace, with a very high ceiling, marble columns, statues, and a polished floor. Calpurnia points at a bright comet that passes through the sky. She sees it as a sign to Caesar, and begs him not to go to the senate meeting where we will later be murdered. The painting is based on the second scene of Act II of Shakespeare's play. And Poynter included some hints of what was about to happen in this intriguing work. You can see the dark clouds in the sky, lit up by the comet, signaling that something bad is about to happen. And the comet crosses the statue of a soldier on top of one of the buildings, pointing to the conspirators. And inside the building, on the left, is a statue of Caesar. It's lit from below and cast an eerie shadow on the wall. With all these signs, Caesar should have known better than to go to the senate... #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #BritishArt #BritishArtist #BritishPainter #EdwardPoynter #Poynter #JuliusCaesar #Caesar #Calpurna #Tragedy #Ides #IdesofMarch #Shakespeare #Warnings #Comet #Warning

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