The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0557  Monday, 15 June 1998.

From:           Ron Ward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 13 Jun 1998 10:01:43 +1200 (NZST)
Subject:        Re: Iconography

Does anyone know of the first illustrated Shakespeare edition or other
depictions (possibly on posters) of scenes from the Bard? The subject
has not come up very frequently, except for a request for Romeo &
Juliette pictures. Who was the first artist inspired by the Bard? The
scenes most commonly depicted in each historical period may say
something about the way different ages relate to particular scenes. For
example the (these days) controversial scenes discussed recently
concerning Jews, feminism etc. might be uncommon choices of artists in
the later 20th century. As far as moving pictures go, Olivier's
selection of Henry V was certainly strongly driven by the events of the
day. Cymbeline seems to be very popular among the Celtic enthusiasts of
today but rarely performed for the ordinary theatre goer. Coriolanus,
with its implicit lampooning of the democratic process of elections may
be hard for those keen on the "American way" to swallow. Is it our
underlying fixations that see the greatest virtues in the most popular
plays of today? Eg Hamlets excessive introspection. Then again, on this
newsgroup we usually find 20 or so people who know all about this sort
of thing, or at least can refer to learned articles on it. I will be
interested to receive comments.

Ron Ward

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