Discover the paintings collection at the Folger—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.
Founded 500 years ago in 1517, Corpus Christi College, one of the oldest of the 38 self-governing colleges at the modern University of Oxford, is a repository of extraordinary treasures, few of which have ever been seen by the public. To mark its 500th anniversary, a selection of fifty manuscripts and early printed books from its celebrated Library, ranging in date from the 10th to the 17th centuries, were brought to America for the first time.
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library sent First Folios to all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC. This exhibition celebrated their return to the Folger, and was the largest ever display of First Folios in a single venue.
Following Shakespeare's original movement in the 19th century from the East Coast of the United States to the West, the Folger Shakespeare Library's exhibition "America's Shakespeare" moved west to the Los Angeles Public Library, where it was on display November 2016 through February 2017 as “America’s Shakespeare: the Bard Goes West.”
Merchandising, parodies, and spinoffs through the centuries have put William Shakespeare and Jane Austen on a first name basis with the world. Explore the stories of "Will" and "Jane" and the nature of literary celebrity. How does today’s Cult of Jane resemble the first wave of Bardolatry two hundred years ago?
We will never have a photograph of William Shakespeare or a recording of his voice, but we can catch glimpses of the man in this stunning array of documents from his own lifetime. Shakespeare, Life of an Icon brings together some of the most important manuscripts and printed books related to Shakespeare's life and career, giving us a firsthand look at the most famous author in the world.