Invisible Women and The Winter’s Tale

hermione statue

The best role for a female Shakespearean actor is Hermione in The Winter's Tale.  Hermione, though absent for much of the play, dominates it with her nobility and grace.  Unlike Rosalind or Portia or others of Shakespeare's strong women, Hermione never puts on a man's clothes to show her power.  She is already empowered.  She states it herself when she is brought to trial for adultery, of which she is innocent. Since what I am to say must be but that Which contradicts my accusation and The tes … [Read more...]

Who are These Three Women?

three women picture

Who are the three women in J. Kirk Richards's painting of the lepers? They do not appear in early drafts of the painting, but clearly balance the men on the other side of the cave in the final draft.The brilliant Maxine Hanks sees them as the three Marys--those three who are mentioned in John 19:25 as being present at the crucifixion (and in some modern readings, also present at the resurrection): "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of C … [Read more...]


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