Images of Othello – Exhibition

York Explore – Central Library

from April 12 – open during library hours

As part of our focus on Shakespeare and identity, we are looking at the way in which the iconic character of Othello has been represented by illustrators and artists across the centuries.

Othello is a strong leader, a man of enormous variety and capacity. And he is black – the complete title for the play is the Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. His identity is crucial to his character. On the stage, this interpretation is open to actors and directors to discover anew in each production. But how did artists and illustrators visualise Othello.

In this unique exhibition, curated by Ronan Paterson and drawing on his extensive personal collection of Shakespeare in visual form, we travel from the very earliest drawings in the early 1700’s, through to contemporary comics from China, Argentina, and the UK.

The exhibition is free to visit. It is located on the ground floor of York Central Library in the extended cafe area, and is open whenever the library is open.

The Library’s website with information about the exhibition is available here.