Scholars Series: Look Here Upon This Picture [Melbourne]
Scholars Series: Look Here Upon This Picture [Melbourne]

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Wednesday October 18, 2023
6:30 PM


NGV International

Auslan Interpreter/s

Amber Richardson & Cindi Boychuk

Language/ Cultural Consultant


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This year marks the 400th anniversary of the book that gave us Shakespeare: the First Folio of 1623.   

Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays appeared in print for the first time in that volume, and numerous others appeared in versions that differed significantly from the single-text editions that had come out previously. But these are all documents of performance – textual witnesses, not the live, dynamic events we call ‘plays’. They are blueprints for performance, and need to be brought to life.  

Celebrating the recent acquisition of two works by German-born painter Philippe Mercier, Shakespeare scholar Dr David McInnis turns to the NGV’s rich Shakespeare holdings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to explore the ways in which artists, not actors, have sought to animate Shakespeare’s playtexts. How do these artists breathe new life into Shakespeare’s words through paint and ink, imagining scenes and characters that had once enthralled early modern playgoers during Shakespeare’s own lifetime?  

Includes a welcome by NGV Senior Curator of International Art, Dr Ted Gott.  

This event will be presented in person and livestreamed. When registering, you can choose to book an in-person ticket or a virtual ticket to access the livestream. 

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