This week, the Walters Art Museum installed Othello, Pietro Calvi’s stunning bronze and marble bust of Shakespeare’s tragic hero. The sculpture bears striking resemblance to Ira Aldridge, one of the first African-American actors in the nineteenth-century to play the role of Othello in Europe. Associate Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art, Jo Briggs, explains the significance of this exciting new acquisition below.
See how the piece was installed:
Associate Curator Jo Briggs talks about “Othello”:
Othello is now on view in the Centre Street lobby. This summer, it will relocate to a gallery on the fourth floor.