Kevin Stanton’s Cut-Paper Illustrations of Romeo and Juliet
A tactile take on literature’s most tragic love story.
By Maria Popova
As a lover of exquisitely crafted die-cut books and beautiful illustrations of literary classics, I was instantly taken with this new edition of Romeo and Juliet (public library) from Sterling, featuring striking cut-paper artwork by Brooklyn-based illustrator Kevin Stanton.
With a whiff of Rob Ryan’s romantic style and Béatrice Coron’s exquisite craftsmanship, yet wholly original, Stanton’s whimsical vignettes capture iconic elements from the play by layering two colors of paper over a white page to a mesmerizing effect.
In addition to Romeo and Juliet, Stanton also illustrated equally stunning new editions of Macbeth and the forthcoming Hamlet.
Published September 11, 2012