Pinterest • The world’s catalogue of ideas

Explore Sweet Portia, Ii Bassanio and more!

Act III scene ii Bassanio: O sweet Portia,/Here are a few of the unpleasantest words/That ever blotted paper.

Portia (Kate Dolan), 1886. Oil on canvas. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sir John Everett Millais (English, 1829–1896). Actress Dolan as Portia in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice.” Millais is best known as one of the artists who founded the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. As a result of what have been called his “concessions to the sweetness of Victorian taste,” he was made as associate of the Royal Academy in 1853. By the time he painted Portia, he worked in an academic-realist…

"The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, but it remains deeply controversial. Though The Merchant of Venice offers some of the traditional pleasures of romantic comedy, it also exposes the operations of prejudice.

1981 - 'The Merchant of Venice'. Jonathan Hyde as Bassanio; Tom Wilkinson as Antonio; David Suchet as Shylock; Sinead Cusack as Portia. RSC

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the 'Chandos portrait' after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856.

2004 - Lynn Collins and Heather Goldenhersh as Portia and Nerissa respectively in the 2004 film adaptation of "Merchant of Venice".