As part of their preparation for performances, every actor chose a favorite painting from the Old Masters exhibit at the Pulitzer. The actors’ reflections and thoughts on their paintings inspired scenes, sharpened their own observations, and stretched their perceptions of the work of the Old Masters. Two actors speak below.
Paolo Finoglia, Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife, Harvard Art Museum, Fogg Art Museum, Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1962.163, Photo by Rick Stafford, President and Fellows of Harvard College
I just respect Joseph for fighting the urge, you know? For him being such a desirable man, and not succumbing to every woman who comes his way—that’s real hard for men. And I respect him on that.
Reuben S., on Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Giambattista Tiepolo, Italian, 1696-1770, The Crucifixion, 1745-50, oil on canvas, Saint Louis Art Museum
The people in the crowd… how did they sleep at night? After their conscience kicked in about what they’d just witnessed?
Naheem H., on The Crucifixion