The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2642 Wednesday, 21 November 2001
Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2001 13:19:29 -0500
Subject: 12.2623 Portrait
Comment: Re: SHK 12.2623 Portrait
The Art Gallery of Ontario which displayed it had a clever marketing
device - posters, book marks etc presenting a composite ' portrait' of
himself that is half of the portrait on display and half the Droeshut
engraving (I think), split right down the middle. The AGO made no claims
that what it displayed was a portrait of Shakespeare, only that it had
been authenticated as a painting from that time - with a display
explaining how it had been examined and another detailing the history of
the 'accepted' portraits, some forgeries and the scholarship behind both
kinds of image.
The 'split' poster on my office door replaces one of Shakespeare in a
hard hat, a poster for the New Globe before it opened. Makes it easy for
new students to find me.
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