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Romeo & Juliet

Based on a medieval Italian tale, Romeo and Juliet was written by the English author, William Shakespeare, in the 16th century and became one of his most celebrated tragedies. Young lovers who cannot assume their love publicly because of their belonging to feuding families - the Capulet and the Montaigu - Romeo and Juliet thus decide to marry in secret and die together; their relationship becoming the archetype of juvenile and doomed passion. With iconic scenes such as the balcony episode during which Juliet and Romeo openly speak about their feelings as well as the young womans tragic suicide over her dead lovers body - after he had poisoned himself believing his beloved one was already dead - Shakespeare audaciously links love and death, giving an erotic output to mortality.

Tags / Romeo & Juliet - Lovers - Fiction - Muses - Passion - Tragedy - Literature
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio for Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Lhurmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio for Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Lhurmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Ford Madox Brown, Romeo and Juliet, 1870, oil on canvas, 53 716 x 37 516 in (135.7 x 94.8 cm) (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery)
Ford Madox Brown, Romeo and Juliet, 1870, oil on canvas, 53 716 x 37 516 in (135.7 x 94.8 cm) (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery)
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes for Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes for Romeo + Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann, 1996
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer in Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936. Photo by Durward Graybill
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936. Photo by Durward Graybill
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer on the set of Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Lord Frederic Leighton, The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet, 1853-1855, oil on canvas, 231.1 x 177.8 cm, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, USA
Lord Frederic Leighton, The Reconciliation of the Montagues and Capulets over the Dead Bodies of Romeo and Juliet, 1853-1855, oil on canvas, 231.1 x 177.8 cm, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia, USA
Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936. Photo by Durward Graybill

Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936. Photo by Durward Graybill

Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Romeo and Juliet performed by the Canadian Atlantic Ballet, 2009
Romeo and Juliet performed by the Canadian Atlantic Ballet, 2009
Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Sasha Waltz, 2007
Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by Sasha Waltz, 2007
Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo et Juliette by Man Ray, 1926. Costume design by Joan Miro. Collection of Library of Congress
Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo et Juliette by Man Ray, 1926. Costume design by Joan Miro. Collection of Library of Congress
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet, 1949
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet, 1949
Edition of Romeo an Juliet by William Shakespeare printed by John Danter, 1597
Edition of Romeo an Juliet by William Shakespeare printed by John Danter, 1597
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Marc Chagall, Romeo et Juliette, 1964, Color lithograph
Marc Chagall, Romeo et Juliette, 1964, Color lithograph
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Daniil Orlov and Liliya Orekhova in Romeo and Juliet by the Moscwo City Ballet, music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Natalia Ryshenko and Viktor Smirnov-Golovanov, 2012
Daniil Orlov and Liliya Orekhova in Romeo and Juliet by the Moscwo City Ballet, music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Natalia Ryshenko and Viktor Smirnov-Golovanov, 2012
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in Romeo and Juliet by the Colorado Ballet, music Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Alun Jones, photographed by Terry Shapiro, 2011
Maria Mosina and Alexei Tyukov in Romeo and Juliet by the Colorado Ballet, music Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Alun Jones, photographed by Terry Shapiro, 2011
Joseph Wright of Derby, Romeo and Juliet: the Tomb Scene, 1790, oil on canvas, 180 cm × 240 cm
Joseph Wright of Derby, Romeo and Juliet: the Tomb Scene, 1790, oil on canvas, 180 cm × 240 cm
Rita Donahoe and David Leventhal in Romeo and Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, choreographed by Mark Morris, 2008
Rita Donahoe and David Leventhal in Romeo and Juliet, On Motifs of Shakespeare, choreographed by Mark Morris, 2008
Zachary Hench and Julie Diana in Romeo and Juliet by the Pennsylvania Ballet,  music Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by John Cranko, 2010
Zachary Hench and Julie Diana in Romeo and Juliet by the Pennsylvania Ballet, music Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by John Cranko, 2010
Frederico Bonelli  and Lauren Cuthbertson  in Romeo and Juliet, music by  Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, 2012
Frederico Bonelli and Lauren Cuthbertson in Romeo and Juliet, music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, 2012
Ballet dancers performing a scene from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR, 1954
Ballet dancers performing a scene from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet staged at the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of the USSR, 1954
Susan Shentall and Laurence Harvey in Romeo and Juliet directed by Renato Castellani, 1954
Susan Shentall and Laurence Harvey in Romeo and Juliet directed by Renato Castellani, 1954
Poster for Romeo and Juliet directed by Renato Castellani, 1954
Poster for Romeo and Juliet directed by Renato Castellani, 1954
Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Portrait of Leslie Howard and Norma Shearer for Romeo and Juliet directed by George Cukor, 1936
Rosemary Dexter and Geronimo Meynier, Promotional for Giulietta e Romeo directed by Riccardo Freda, 1964
Rosemary Dexter and Geronimo Meynier, Promotional for Giulietta e Romeo directed by Riccardo Freda, 1964
Frank Bernard Dicksee, Romeo and Juliet, 1884, oil on canvas, 171 x118 cm
Frank Bernard Dicksee, Romeo and Juliet, 1884, oil on canvas, 171 x118 cm
Henri Pierre Picou, Romeo and Juliet, 1800s, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 cm
Henri Pierre Picou, Romeo and Juliet, 1800s, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 cm
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting in Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zeffirelli, 1968
Julius Kronberg, Romeo and Juliet on the balcony, 1886, oil on canvas, 271.5 × 160 cm
Julius Kronberg, Romeo and Juliet on the balcony, 1886, oil on canvas, 271.5 × 160 cm
Maria Mosina in Romeo and Juliet by the Colorado Ballet, music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Alun Jones, photographed by Terry Shapiro, 2011
Maria Mosina in Romeo and Juliet by the Colorado Ballet, music by Sergei Prokofiev and choreographed by Alun Jones, photographed by Terry Shapiro, 2011
Francesco Hayez, The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet, 1823, oil on canvas, 291 x 202 cm
Francesco Hayez, The last kiss of Romeo and Juliet, 1823, oil on canvas, 291 x 202 cm
Mather Brown, Romeo and Juliet, ca. 1805, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 57 cm
Mather Brown, Romeo and Juliet, ca. 1805, oil on canvas, 40.6 x 57 cm
Jules Salles-Wagner, Romeo and Juliet, ca 1895, oil on canvas, 135.5 x 105.5 cm
Jules Salles-Wagner, Romeo and Juliet, ca 1895, oil on canvas, 135.5 x 105.5 cm
John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet at New Theatre in London, directed by John Gielgud, 1935
John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier in Romeo and Juliet at New Theatre in London, directed by John Gielgud, 1935
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