For centuries, artists have been drawn to the plays of Shakespeare, translating his lines into brushstrokes and interpreting his characters and scenes in their own vision. From Henry Fuseli’s Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head and William Blake’s Brutus and the Ghost of Caesar to Eugène Delacroix’s Othello and Desdemona and John Millais’s Ophelia, these works will forever influence our reception of the Bard.
In Illustrating Shakespeare, Peter Whitfield draws on an extraordinary array of historical evidence to chronicle the way artists have embraced Shakespeare over the years. Whitfield shows how some artists succeeded in capturing the psychological truth of the dramas, while others merely dressed them up to suit the taste of their time. In addition, he reveals how the history of Shakespearean art parallels that of theater production. The artistic tradition spawned by Shakespeare’s plays is extremely important to his legacy, making this gorgeous volume a must-read for scholars and fans alike.
“An attractive-looking book that might grace any coffee table, Illustrating Shakespeare invites the casual browser to enter the fascinating world of art based on Shakespeare. . . . Whitfield’s book is to be commended for providing an accessible and affordable summary of an immensely rich and engaging subject, illustrated with a generous array of reproductions from both books and paintings.”
(Alan R. Young, Acadia University Comparative Drama)
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: British Library (May 15, 2013)