James Sant. Ophelia.

Oval, oil on canvas, 25 x 30 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Sandor Korein.

This half-length "portrait" of Ophelia looks more like the picture of a child than of a woman capable of the attentions of the thirty-year-old Hamlet. Ophelia, wreathed in flowers and holding a pansy ("that's for thoughts"), is more puzzled--even vacant--than mad. Sant's keep-sake portrait is clearly aligned with the tradition of a young, vulnerable, and delicate Ophelia.

For further comments on this painting, see Callan (69-71) and Anderson (87).