Illustrating Shakespeare

Peter Whitfield

Illustrating Shakespeare
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Peter Whitfield

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160 pages | 20 color plates, 80 halftones | 8 x 11 | © 2013
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9780712358897 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
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.
1. Visualising Shakespeare: The Iconography of the Plays
2. Before 1700
3. The Rowe-Tonson Shakespeare, 1709
4. Rococo Shakespeare: Gravelot and Hayman
5. Hogarth and the Beginning of Shakespearean Painting
6. Garrick and Shakespearean Art
7. The Battle of the Lears: New Forces in Shakespearean Art
8. Picturesque Book Illustrations
9. Henry Fuseli
10. William Blake
11. The Boydell Experiment
12. Bunbury’s Amateur Shakespeare
13. High Romanticism and Low Populism
14. Shakespeare in Outline
15. Shakespeare in France
16. Shakespeare in Germany
17. American Shakespearean Art
18. Shakespearean Heroines
19. Knight’s Pictorial Shakespeare
20. High Victorian Shakespeare: Gilbert and Others
21. Gilbert: The Songs of Shakespeare
22. Murdoch’s Colour Plate Edition
23. Knight’s Imperial Edition
24. The Irving Edition
25. The Impact of Photography
26. John Everett Millais
27. The Pre-Raphaelites
28. Mainstream Victorian Painting
29. In the Age of the Book Beautiful
30. Abbey: The Shakespearean Pageant
31. Three Hamlets and one Timon
32. Through the Lens of Modern Art
33. Limited Editions Club
34. The Animated Tales
35. Bardolatry

Picture Credits and Bibliography
Review Quotes
Alan R. Young, Acadia University | Comparative Drama
“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.”
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