William SHAKESPEARE 450 years

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On World Book and Copyright Day, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum joins the commemorations for the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare (Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) by displaying a copy of the tragedy Hamlet in the permanent exhibition space (rest area). The copy in question is a translation into French by André Gide, who also wrote the introduction, and is illustrated with burin engravings by Albert Decaris. This work was acquired by Calouste Gulbenkian in 1947 in his capacity as a member of the Société des Bibliophiles Franco-Suisses, which he joined in 1932. Complementing the exhibition, other editions of Shakespeare’s works belonging to Calouste S. Gulbenkian’s private library, which is now in the keeping of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Art Library, will also be displayed.   Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in collaboration with the Art Library.                     

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