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Hamlet and Ophelia, plate 5 from Hamlet

A work made of lithograph in black on off-white china paper laid down on white wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in black on off-white china paper laid down on white wove paper.

Date:

1835–43

Artist:

Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

About this artwork

Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with its iconic tortured hero and its supernatural themes, has long captivated artists. Eugène Delacroix’s series highlights 16 scenes from the play. Here the artist captured the famous moment in which Hamlet, recoiling from Ophelia, scornfully commands his former love to “Get thee to a nunnery!” She sits despondently in a chair as she receives this abuse. Delacroix skillfully employed dramatic contrasts of light and dark to highlight the tension of the scene.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Eugène Delacroix

Title

Hamlet and Ophelia, plate 5 from Hamlet

Place

France (Artist's nationality)

Date

1835–1843

Medium

Lithograph in black on off-white China paper laid down on white wove paper

Dimensions

Image: 24.2 × 19.8 cm (9 9/16 × 7 13/16 in.); Sheet: 54.8 × 36 cm (21 5/8 × 14 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1949.612e

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