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Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your earrings!

William Shakespeare may have been more stylish than we thought. A new portrait shows him donning a fashionable doily around the neck and sporting a rosier hue on the cheek bones. Was he more fancy pants than scholars have let on? Was “Out, damned spot” a mere curse to a stain found on his expensive coat? Maybe so, maybe so.
OOoo, so fancy!

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2 Responses

  1. That is not a portrait of William Shakespeare, at any age. The ratio of eye width to forehead height and forehead shape is far off from most known portraits of the playwright. The eyes in most if not all Shakespeare portraits are more rounded and slightly sunken in. This is more likely a picture of Sir Walter Raleigh (check the facial features and proportions then find images of Sir Walter on the internet to compare). Unless the family has documented proof that it is William Shakespeare in the picture, I would suggest a forensic re-examination and comparison of facial features in this portrait to “known” and/or “reliable” portraits.

  2. Well, thank you Sue. Cnn.com is often wrong, but I like to indulge in the occasional speculative fun fest. I happen to be with you in my doubts, as I would choose not to believe that Shakespeare had a creeping eye and terrible taste in blush. That is so not his color.

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