Shakespeare's Face: Unraveling the Legend and History of Shakespeare's Mysterious Portrait

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Simon and Schuster, 2004 - Art - 364 pages
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A fascinating literary detective story charting the surprising, true history of a recently discovered painting of Shakespeare held by the same family for 400 years -- adding new drama to the Bard's life. When author Stephanie Nolen reported the discovery of the only portrait of William Shakespeare painted while he was alive, the announcement ignited furious controversy around the world.

Now, in this provocative biography of the portrait, she tells the riveting story of how a rare image of the young Bard at thirty-nine came to reside in the suburban home of a retired engineer, whose grandmother kept the family treasure under her bed, and how he embarked on authenticating it. The ultimate Antiques Roadshow dream, the portrait has been confirmed by six years of painstaking forensic studies to date from around 1600, and it has not been altered since.

A fascinating literary detective story charting the surprising, true history of a recently discovered painting of Shakespeare held by the same family for 400 years -- adding new drama to the Bard's life. When author Stephanie Nolen reported the discovery of the only portrait of William Shakespeare painted while he was alive, the announcement ignited furious controversy around the world.

Now, in this provocative biography of the portrait, she tells the riveting story of how a rare image of the young Bard at thirty-nine came to reside in the suburban home of a retired engineer, whose grandmother kept the family treasure under her bed, and how he embarked on authenticating it. The ultimate Antiques Roadshow dream, the portrait has been confirmed by six years of painstaking forensic studies to date from around 1600, and it has not been altered since.

  

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This book tells the dubious story of an Elizabethan-era portrait labeled Shakspere that resurfaced in Toronto in 2001. The plot thickens when the author, a foreign correspondent for Toronto's Globe ... Read full review

Contents

THE MYSTERY UNCOVERED
3
The God of Our Idolatry Stanley Wells
15
PRIME SUSPECTS
33
Picturing Shakespeare in 1603 Andrew Gurr 59
77
Scenes from the Birth of a Myth and
103
FAMILY TRACES
127
Looking the Pan Marjorie Garber 56
179
An Actors Face? Robert Tittler 272
243
The Conundrum of the Label Alexandra F Johnston
274
The Man Who Will Not Meet Your Eyes
280
Is THIS THE FACE OF GENIUS?
299
CHOOSING YOUR SHAKESPEARE Alexander Leggatt
332
USEFUL SOURCES Stephanie Nolen
344
INDEX
357
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About the author (2004)

Stephanie Nolen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper of Canada. She recently reported from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and currently covers the AIDS pandemic in Africa. She is the author of Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race.

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