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Shakespeare Connected - Storms and Watercolours: Visualising Shakespeare's Nature

Commemorative plaque depicting a scene from The Tempest, created by Paul Vincze, c. 1973

The combined materials of metal and wood have been used to form this commemorative plaque depicting a scene from The Tempest, created by Paul Vincze. E. M. W. Tillyard influentially described the hierarchical view of the natural world in the Elizabethan period as the ‘Great Chain of Being’: God at the top, followed by angels, humans, animals, plants, etc. As a result, the cyclical vision of nature which has been created by this famous creator of coins and medals perhaps takes on an added significance. The swirling waves, which are indistinguishable from clouds, ensure that there is little detachment between man, sea and sky, and the absence of a horizontal perspective deepens this feeling of immersion in the power of nature.

 

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