Gallery Talk, Character Studies: Portraying Shakespeare’s “Richard III” in Word and Image

Yale University Art Gallery

Apr. 21, 2012, 02:00 pm

1111 Chapel Street

Gallery Talk with Helen A Cooper, the Holcombe T. Green Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture, and Murray Biggs, Adjunct Associate professor of English and Theater, Yale University. Shakespeare at Yale is a University-wide celebration of the extraordinary resources that exist at Yale for the study and enjoyment of Shakespeare. Events include exhibitions, performances, concerts, films, and talks. The Gallery is displaying two of Edwin Austin Abbey’s major paintings of Shakespearean themes, The Play Scene in “Hamlet” (Act III, Scene 2) (1897) and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and the Lady Anne (1896), along with three preliminary studies for the latter painting. Gallery Talks on February 22 and March 28 will provide an in-depth look at these works. Gallery Talks on April 20 and 21 will include a staging of the relevant scene from Richard III. For more information, please visit

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