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.