A Portrait of A Dandy: Shakespeare Revealed

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A Portrait of A Dandy: Shakespeare Revealed

After three years of research, a portrait of the real William Shakespeare was unveiled on Monday. What's being identified as the "Cobbe Portrait," is a painting of Shakespeare that was inherited by an aristocratic Anglo-Irish family, the Cobbes, 300 years ago through Shakespeare’s only known literary patron. It wasn't until a few years ago that one of the members of the Cobbe family saw a wood cut print of Shakespeare in a traveling exhibit called "Searching for Shakespeare," that he recognized the likeness to their family's heirloom.

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Until this revelation, the only known image of the playwright was a wood cut copy (below) of the original painting by a Flemish artist.

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This well-known wood cut was printed on the first folio edition of Shakespeare's work in 1623 (and reproduced on every high school anthology since).

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Then there was this rather dowdy, overweight bust of the writer created in 1620.

Well history has now shown us that Will was actually a svelte, dashing gay guy, with a visage more in keeping with his deft, poetic and insightful works.

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photo from the AP

Although some say this painting represents an idealized Elizabethan portrait, most scholars are convinced the painting is the closest representation of the man. The New York Times reports:

...experts said they were convinced after three years of studying the portrait, and after elaborate scientific tests at Cambridge University, that it was, in effect, the holy grail Shakespearean scholars had sought for centuries: a portrait done in Shakespeare’s lifetime, and the original from which other Shakespeare paintings of the period were copied. They said their studies showed it probably was painted in 1610, when Shakespeare was 46, and only a few years from his death in 1616.



Comments [15]

Allegra's picture

So now they d better replace

So now they d better replace the old wood cut portrait and put the new one.
Despite with all that lace the face on the portrait match better to the poems and plays he wrote.

Not2Taem's picture

Aww... :)

Aww... Smile

peacekitty's picture

I've been to Shakespeare's

I've been to Shakespeare's birthplace, the church where he's buried and Ann Hathoway's cottage. I don't think they can know for sure that it is Shakepeare. Interesting how the Cobbe family is bringing it forth now, after 300 years.

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yonks's picture

I was sad to see that you'v

I was sad to see that you'v lost your "?" during the exodus but i kno now, you just planting it into the brain those who read your posts

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peacekitty's picture

Or maybe a lesbian

Or maybe a lesbian thespian....except men played all the roles back then.

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peacekitty's picture

I see a gay man...or better

I see a gay man...or better yet, a "flaming thespian." Smile

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Grace Moon's picture

i see a lesbian ;)

i see a lesbian
Wink

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minniesota's picture

Hmm, I think the only thing

Hmm, I think the only thing we can say for sure is that Will had a high forehead. I am amazed at what people are reading into the portrait's expression (see the NY Times story for a quote from an exhibition brochure). I think people mostly see what they want to see.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Tex's picture

don't taem yourself too

don't taem yourself too much....I still love all of ya just the way ya are....

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Tex's picture

The person that painted this

The person that painted this picture.....is this the same person who manipulates Oprah's pics for the cover of O magazine?

Grace, how much have they appraised this painting for? Or what is your educated guess?

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Steph's picture

Nothing wrong with a healthy

Nothing wrong with a healthy ego Wink

Not2Taem's picture

Yeah, I'm feeling a bit Tara.

Yeah, I'm feeling a bit Tara. Wonder how many alters it will take to handle all this ego? Wink

Steph's picture

I am loving the name

I am loving the name changes!!! Smile

Rusty's picture

From Doctor Who The

From Doctor Who The Shakespeare Code (2007)

The Doctor: Come on! We can have a good flirt later!
William Shakespeare: Is that a promise, Doctor?
The Doctor: Oh, fifty-seven academics just punched the air. Come on.

"When you look for the bad in mankind expecting to find it, you surely will." ~ Pollyanna

Not2Taem's picture

lol In lace and embroidery,

lol
In lace and embroidery, I'm pretty sure they all looked gay. Laughing out loud