Monday, March 09, 2009

William Shakespeare, Is That Really You?

Great story on today regarding the image above -- historians have concluded that it is the only painting of William Shakespeare done within his lifetime. For more on this, read the story here.

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Anonymous said...


I have to question Stanley Wells' timing and his tone in making this announcement. An habitually conservative scholar, Wells' sudden and effusive support for this portrait is out of character.

Perhaps it has something to do with the imminent release of Anne Henderson's "Battle of Wills", a documentary which explores the Canadian Sanders portrait's claim as the 'only authentic portrait of Shakespeare painted in his lifetime'. This is exactly the claim made by Wells of this latest contender, the Cobbes portrait.

This coincidence calls the timing - and uncharacteristic ado - of Wells' announcement into question. There's a lot at stake here, and Wells may be using this announcement as a pre-emptive strike against the claims made by the Sanders film.

Anais said...

I found a portrait of the famous Mr. Jacobs, made during his lifetime. I like his current images much better.

Jim A.

Leonard Jacobs said...

Algonquian -- are you Jimmy Aarons?