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Shakespeare Portrait Revision

Toronto Globe and Mail front page featuring new Shakespeare portrait
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William Shakespeare?
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audio button  May 20, 2001 -- When it comes to the English language, few have written with as much beauty, passion, and creativity as William Shakespeare. And recently, what's believed to be a portrait of the bard painted during his lifetime has surfaced in Canada.

It shows a nearly 40-year-old man, with bushy reddish hair, a high forehead, dark eyes, and a faint goatee. "Bohemian" is the word most have used to describe the man in the portrait. It's a very different image of Shakespeare from the one we're used to. The painting has been scientifically dated to the year 1603, when Shakespeare was, indeed, nearing 40.

audio buttonListen as Weekend All Things Considered host Lisa Simeone discusses the discovery of the portrait with Erin Blake. Blake is the Curator of Art at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.