365 Days of Shakespeare

That's right – the Bard in a year.

8. Shakespeare was Actually Kind of a Dish

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We’ve all seen the portrait of Shakespeare on the back of our copies of the complete works, projected onto the whiteboard during English classes, and in Google Image searches when your project partner mistakes him for John Smith (still trying to figure out how she managed to do that). You know the one I’m talking about:

Here, he looks a little…bald. And crooked. And kind of annoyed. Don’t get me wrong, he’s not hideous here, but he’s not exactly Jude Law (who is playing Hamlet, by the way).

Of course, there was always the slightly-less scraggly version, found on other editions of the plays:

A little less unattractive, but a little more Crazy Professor Will.

But fairly recently, a new portrait of the Bard was discovered, and I must say, he looks quite a bit better in this one:

That’s a little more how I like to imagine Shakespeare. Rosy cheeks, nice eyes, not looking like his head was pasted onto his body using Ye Olde Photoshoppe. Maybe it’s just me, but he looks like he’s thinking here, like perhaps at the moment this was painted, he was coming up with the verses to Rosalind that Orlando tacks onto the trees, or maybe trying to work out whether or not to keep that silly “what a piece of work is man” speech.

Plus, that collar is just plain foxy.


Written by Caroline Mincks

October 8, 2009 at 9:24 AM

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