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Shakespeare Connected - Not to Be: Death in the Collection

Silver Medals

Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Richard III, Othello, Henry VI Pt 3, King Lear

We may not realise it but we often use the imagery of death as a form of identification. These medals were designed by the sculptor Paul Vincze to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Each of them incorporates imagery of death as a way of identifying the play it memorialises. If you didn’t have the name of the play written on the medallion would you be able to tell the play from its picture?


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