Hamlet and Horatio in the Graveyard (1839). Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798-1863). Oil on canvas. Musée du Louvre, Paris.
The Shakespearean hero, imperfect, immoderate and immature, was perfectly adapted to Delacroix’s temperament, and gave free rein to his imagination. "Alas, poor Yorick! - I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of most infinite jest…" (Act V, Scene 1). The scene of Hamlet and Horatio in the graveyard inspired this painting.