Cinderella is one of the great romances of folklore… how better to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

Here are some references that I particularly enjoy.  Arthur Rackham’s illustrations for Grimm’s fairy tales are evocative of a safer, saner time. Even though the plots of Grimm’s cautionary tales are… well, grim… the warm lush colours, sensitive faces, and lush textiles were my first introduction to the sensory delights of beautiful narrative painting.  Then there is a really silly version of the story with spoonerisms glibly delivered in a straight-faced manner that I find quite astonishing… how can he do that? Louis Armstrong sings the fairy godmother’s song… careful, you may find yourself humming it all day.  And the same Russian animation company that we enjoyed in Winnie the Pooh  and at Christmas has a delightful cartoon version.

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