News, but not the serious kind
Shakespeare my butt!
HUGE news in the literary world! A newly discovered portrait of William Shakespeare is being billed as the only authentic image of him painted WHILE HE WAS ALIVE.
I told them this man is NOT Shakespeare, based on the sporty necktie and modern suit. But it turns out they meant the dude on the left, with the doily on his shoulders.
Oh. In that case, I think it is very probable the portrait WAS done while Shakespeare was alive.
A painting even a few years after his death would look different. Most of the skin would be gone, there would be worms in his eye sockets… He would be like the skull in “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s most famous movie.
There it is, my expensive professional opinion. Please send me what I believe you call a CHEQUE, British people.
Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stanley Wells, with a newly discovered portrait of William Shakespeare, in London March 9, 2009. REUTERS/ Luke MacGregor