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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act I, Scene IV

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Act I, Scene IV


As Shakespearean actors grew in renown, so did demand for them to be immortalized in oils. David Garrick took the London stage by storm in the 1740s with his performances of Richard III and King Lear, which resulted in many Garrick paintings. From there, Shakespeare’s influence on art yielded thousands of works, either treating the plays or representing actors in character. Innumerable prints circulated, along with illustrated editions of the plays in several languages. Because Shakespeare’s scripts are short on stage directions and scene-setting, artists have had the freedom to imagine their own visual interpretations of the plays, as seen in these eight examples.



  • Series title: Shakespeare in Art
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarantee proof of ownership.
  • Format: Pieces consist of PNG files sized 2160x3840 pixels - 150 dpi.
  • Medium: Drawing, oil on canvas, color on pap