History News: Is This the Real Shakespeare?

A newly discovered painting, in private hands for 300 years, may just be the only (known) portrait of William Shakespeare painted in his own lifetime. Does it matter? Probably not to some people, but it does to me. I’m one of those who believe that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. He’s one of my favorite topics to read about and study. We once were lucky enough to attend a performance of As You Like It, performed outdoors on the grounds of Welles Cathedral. At the intermission, tea and cookies (excuse me, biscuits) were served on the lawn. Anyway, the evidence in favor of the portrait’s  authenticity is supposed to be announced today.

Link to the fascinating article at TimesOnline:

Times article.

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