Portrait of Shakespeare

Seems the first portrait of Shakespeare has been discovered. Well not the first – but the first that was painted during the lifetime of the master opening the possibility of actually resembling him. The painting belongs to a family Cobbe of Ireland in whose possession it has been since it was painted around 1610.


Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this ironic gentleman was actually Shakespeare – almost too good to be true I think. Especially because it’s a good portrait – Shakespeare or not. The head at least, the chest seems to be painted by someone else, probably a pupil of the painter. I always loved a good portrait.

Read more at Time’s site.


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2 Responses to Portrait of Shakespeare

  1. Rughino says:

    Meraviglioso! Una espressione così serena… così lontana da come m’immagino Shakespeare!…

  2. anninateatime says:

    Serena, ma anche un po’ furbo – no? O forse è la mia immagine di S. che mi fa vedere cose che non sono presenti nel ritratto…

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