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For Better or Worse, Artists' Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1698  Thursday, 28 August 2003

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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Aug 2003 20:24:36 -0400
Subject:        For Better or Worse, Artists' Shakespeare

For Better or Worse, Artists' Shakespeare
By ALAN RIDING

LONDON With the legendary actor-manager David Garrick serving as
Shakespeare's high priest, bardolatry swept mid-18th-century England to
the point that painters, too, reproduced the words and scenes that
actors portrayed onstage. The artists' response on canvas, of course,
was not entirely devotional. Prints of their paintings also earned them
a pretty penny. . . . "Shakespeare in Art," an intriguing exhibition at
the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London through Oct. 19, traces the
fashion between 1730 and 1860 as it continually adjusted to prevailing
art styles, from Rococo and neo-Classical to Romantic and
Pre-Raphaelite.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/28/arts/design/28SHAK.html

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