The Media And Creation Of The Works Of Shakespeare 's Hamlet

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Believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601, Shakespeare’s Hamlet is still globally studied and analyzed today. Along with personal reflections and countless interpretations of the piece, thousands of pieces of artwork have been created based on the play. To me, the three pieces that most accurately depict the ideas and events within the play are Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard’s Hamlet and His Mother Seeing His Father 's Ghost, Paul Albert Steck’s Ophelia, and Benjamin West’s Ophelia and Laertes. In the following essay, I will be describing the media and creation of the artwork itself as well as the accuracy each piece entails. To begin, Nicolai Abraham Abildgaard’s Hamlet and His Mother Seeing His Father’s Ghost depicts a solemn, serious situation between Hamlet and Gertrude. The piece itself was created in 1778 and is oil on canvas artwork. The piece portrays the appearance of the ghost in Gertrude 's chamber during her interview with Hamlet (3.4). We can see that Hamlet clearly sees the ghost; yet his mother sees nothing and thinks Hamlet has gone mad. We can see by the blank face of Gertrude and almost agitated state of Hamlet that the presence of the ghost has appeared after Hamlet has begun ridiculing and belittling his mother. The painting itself is created with dark colors to reflect the solemn, austere atmosphere in the room. This painting reflects Act III scene IV, Hamlet enters Gertrude’s chambers to talk in confidentiality. After hearing a mutter behind an
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