|Stephen Fry as Malvolio, with Mark Rylance as Olivia|
|Minerva transforms Nyctimene into an owl, Johann Wilhem Bauer, 1641|
|The Phoenix Portrait, attributed to Nicholas Hilliard, 1575|
|The Pelican Portrait, attributed to Hilliard, 1575|
With these thoughts in mind, I started looking at the plays for references to birds.
|From the Olivier film of Hamlet|
|Ophelia Goes Mad by Walter Paget|
|The Denial of Saint Peter, by Caravaggio, 1610|
It’s a fascinating tragic drama, and has some of the greatest characters in literature and theatre. But that is just one level to the play.
My versions of Hamlet, Richard III and Merchant of Venice reveal the other levels to the plays.
|Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex|
|Queen Elizabeth I, around 1601|
If Essex could not have a public funeral, then Shakespeare's play would celebrate his life and his death, and serve as a funeral rite of sorts.
|The Entombment of Christ, Caravaggio, 1602-3|
David B. Schajer
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