HumanitiesWeb.org - "Portrait of Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse" by Sir Joshua Reynolds [Selected Works]
HumanitiesWeb HumanitiesWeb
WelcomeHistoryLiteratureArtMusicPhilosophyResourcesHelp
Periods Alphabetically Nationality Topics Themes Medium Glossary
pixel

Reynolds
Index
Biography
Selected Works
Quotations
According To...
Suggested Reading
Other Resources
Chronology
Related Materials

Search

Get Your Degree!

Find schools and get information on the program that’s right for you.

Powered by Campus Explorer

& etc
FEEDBACK

(C)1998-2012
All Rights Reserved.

Site last updated
28 October, 2012
Real Time Analytics

Portrait of Mrs. Siddons as the Tragic Muse

1784:

Reynolds, who painted his men in heroic attitudes, often cast his women in mythological roles, such as his portrayal of actress Sara Siddons as the Tragic Muse. An accomplished tragedienne, Mrs. Siddons was able to appear both elegant and comfortable as the tragic muse. She sits on a throne in an attitude that Reynolds borrowed from Michelangelo's Prophet Joel in the Sistine Chapel; the shadowy allegorical figures of Pity and Terror, lurking behind her, add to the theatrical quality of the portrait. After he finished it, Reynolds humbly confessed to the great lady, "I would not lose the honour this opportunity offered to me of going down to posterity on the hem of your garment", and signed his name on the edge of Mrs. Siddon's voluminous skirt.
 
Personae
Terms Defined
Referenced Works