This is Hamlet in the Queen’s Chamber, which is oil on canvas and was created by William Salter Herrick in 1857.
This painting resembles the scene at the end of Act 3, when the Ghost appears while Hamlet is visiting Gertrude in her room. Here is the section of the play that describes the image:
Hamlet, III. iv. 102-137
This painting seems to be an accurate depiction of this scene, as the artist obviously paid careful attention to details from the entire scene. For example, Polonius lies dead in the back, his body partly concealed by the tapestry that he was hiding behind before Hamlet stabbed him. Also, the Ghost is faintly painted on in a manner that requires one to look hard for the character whose existence is questionable, as only Hamlet can see and communicate with it and Gertrude is completely oblivious to the ghost of her former husband. Furthermore, the details that can be identified of the ghost closely resemble a figure of kingly stature, as the ghost appears to be wearing long robes and a crown. This helps mark the Ghost as the late King Hamlet.
My favorite part of this piece is definitely Gertrude’s expression, which reveals her baffled and horrified state that she is in as she observes Hamlet’s crazed interaction with what he claims is a ghost. The face that she is making is a face that many kids see their parents make often when they are utterly shocked by something their child has done. It is a look that transcends time and probably brings a little bit of amusement to most viewers.
I also find it interesting that there is a crucifix that sits on the table that Gertrude is at. I cannot decide what it symbolizes, but I imagine that it is meant to imply something, because it gold color stands out against the dark background ands it is carefully detailed among some of the more simple structures present in the painting.