Love Arm'd Productions is an international touring company which promotes the writing and performance of plays about women in history. Currently producing fully staged solo performances of "Love Arm’d, Aphra Behn and Her Pen" and "Cheer From Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical". More info at http://www.lovearmd.com.
Monday, March 31, 2014
What Jane Saw
I have been catching up on all things Jane and I have to say I got absolutely lost in a website that's been around for a while - www.whatjanesaw.org . UT Austin - no pun intended - has done an amazing job on this virtual gallery. To see this Joshua Reynolds retrospective, and incredibly, the way Jane saw it, from the comfort of one's home is to go on an imaginative exploration-expedition. The paintings in three galleries are hung close and one above the other, the intensity of the exhibit offers up the clear eyes of this renowned painter. The portraits of Goldsmith, Johnson, Barretti are astonishing in clarity. All offer the visitor a glimpse into the world of the time. I have my own "What Jane Austen Saw" in this Hoppner portrait in the background of "Love, they say, is like a rose..." Jane wrote in a letter, "I long to have my portrait painted with a red background." Hoppner was famous for using red backgrounds for his sitters. He was also most famous for his portraits of women - would that Jane had sat for him in her short lifetime!