"One of the best things about Shakespeare’s plays is that no one can tell you what they should look like. The scripts are famously short on stage directions and scene-setting; there are barely any specifications for costume or appearance. It’s down to interpretation.

And it isn’t just actors, directors and designers who have run visual riot: generations of artists have done likewise, conjuring an impressive array of worlds from the words on the page."

(A. Dickson, Tate Britain)

Discover on USEUM how Old Masters and contemporary artists have imagined Shakespearean scenes and who their favourite characters are, among Romeo & Juliet, Ophelia, Titania and many others!