Hamlet and Horatio at the Cemetery, Eugène Delacroix
Eugène Delacroix
Hamlet and Horatio at the Cemetery
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Eugène Delacroix

Hamlet and Horatio at the Cemetery, 1835


Dimensions
99.0 x 80.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2155
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art

Texts

About the Work

Alone in the graveyard, the young Prince Hamlet and his friend Horatio meditate on death and transience. Only when a funeral procession appears, escorting Hamlet's beloved Ophelia on her final journey, will they discover whose grave they are beside. Horatio stands firmly and in an elevated position, while the prince, holding the skull of the court jester Yorick in his hand, almost slides into the grave from the slanting stone slab - a reference to his own imminent death. In this painting, which was rejected by the jury of the Paris Salon, Delacroix portrays Shakespeare's protagonists as typical Romantic heroes: sensitive and melancholy, isolated and introspective.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Hamlet and Horatio at the Cemetery
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links: Eug. Delacroix 1835.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
CC BY-SA 4.0 Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Acquisition
Acquired in 1987, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Persons Shown
Associated Persons and Institutions
Illustrated Passage
  • William Shakespeare: Hamlet, 5. Akt, Szene 1

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 31A211 (human) skull
  • 42E311 gravestone, tombstone
  • 23R131 evening ~ landscape (sometimes titled 'Vesper')

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Last update

11.08.2020