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Photo: Only Authentic Image of William Shakespeare Discovered

Posted: March 11th, 2009 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Photo: Only Authentic Image of William Shakespeare DiscoveredSubmit Comment
Professor Stanley Wells, chairman of the trust and one of the world's leading experts on Shakespearian studies, unveiled the only authentic image of William Shakespeare that has remained for centuries in the possession of the Cobbes family.

The portrait is reportedly the only surviving one painted while the writer was still alive, in about 1610, when Shakespeare was 46 years old.

So what does this have to do with movies? Shakespeare is the writer of the following works that were turned into movies: "Romeo and Juliet," "Hamlet," "Macbeth, "The Merchant of Venice," "Othello" and many others.

Up to now, only two images have been accepted as authentic representations of what Shakespeare may have looked like. One is the engraving by Martin Droeshout published in the First Folio of 1623. The other is the portrait bust in Holy Trinity Church. Both are posthumous: Shakespeare died in 1616.

Painting: (click to enlarge)


Source: Sci Fi Wire


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MrSammich writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 9:27:02 AM

Lol. I can see the guy that from watchmen doing the biopic now.
manichispanic writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 10:03:44 AM

he was totally gay. :)
Billapeno writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 10:39:00 AM

I wouldn't say he's gay just by looking at that painting, thats how they dressed....... frills were like the bling of the day, you had frills to try and show how powerful and rich you are. About MrSammich's comment....... I hate to say I agree, maybe not Zack Snyder... but there is def. a biopic on it's way. Zack Snyder would have to turn him into some kind of assassin or secret agent who's secret life was a playwrite
coldplayesence writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 12:16:46 PM

^^ so true, lol =D
Planetastudios writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 12:42:31 PM

$1,000,000,000,000,000,000,002
Blank x2 writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 2:28:20 PM

Gay or not, that guy was one hell of a writer.
JRprime writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 3:27:14 PM

i was expecting a snap shot haha
onthejon writes:
on March 11th, 2009 at 10:31:07 PM

I'm so glad we have this...I mean so many times while I am reading something I find myself wondering what the author looked like...ane what his hobbies were...or if he was a dog person or a cat person...

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