The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has unveiled a newly discovered portrait painting that is "almost certainly the only authentic image of Shakespeare made from life," professor Stanley Wells, chairman of Trust, announced.Just when you think all that's known is already known, history pulls out a secret & surprises us. History is so cool!
The painting shows a younger, leaner William Shakespeare than in other representations known throughout history. The English playwright died in 1616.
"The newly discovered picture has descended for centuries in the same family, the Cobbes," according to the Trust. "It hung in their Irish home, under another identification, until the 1980s, when it was inherited by Alec Cobbe who was a co-heir of the Cobbe estate and whose heirlooms were transferred into a trust."
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"Authentic Image of Shakespeare"