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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.




Eugène Delacroix
French, 1798-1863

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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.


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Eugène Delacroix


Hamlet and Ophelia, plate 5 from Hamlet


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


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.)

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Albert H. Wolf Memorial Collection

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