Reader Hugh Pickens sends in news broadcast from the NYTimes a scattering days underwrite of what is believed to be a 500-year-old depiction of William Shakespeare, painted 6 years in front of his extermination. No existing file, that most experts over to be candid, was captured during Shakespeare’s lifetime. “It shows Shakespeare as a until now more alluring representation than the solemn-faced, balding perception that has been conveyed at near prior to engravings, busts and portraits. ‘His veneer confront is unrestrained and alive, with a rosy, rather sweet expression, perhaps suggestive of modesty,’ said a brochure for an exhibition opening in Stratford. The portrait came to light when Alec Cobbe visited the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2006 to see an exhibition, ‘Searching for Shakespeare,’ and realized that the Folger portrait, whose authenticity had been doubted for decades, was a copy of the one that had been in his family’s art collection since the mid-18th century, with the family unaware that the man depicted might be Shakespeare. Scientific studies at Cambridge showed that the oak panel on which the Cobbe portrait was mounted came from trees felled in the last 20 years of the 16th century, pointing to a date for the painting in the early 1600s.” For balance, the New Yorker disputes some of the claims in the NYTimes account, and for good measure tosses in another purported Shakespeare portrait from life, this one discovered 3 years ago in Canada.

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