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Finding Shakespeare's True Face at London Museum

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Finding Shakespeare's True Face at London Museum

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Finding Shakespeare's True Face at London Museum

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London's National Portrait Gallery is displaying six portraits of William Shakespeare — but which is the real one?

For centuries, scholars have argued about what the great writer looked like. The museum believes it has determined the portrait that most likely represents his true appearance.

Known as the Chandos portrait, the painting is attributed to a little-known artist named John Taylor. The museum's current exhibit includes his work, as well as five other contenders.

Guest:

Sandy Nairne, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London

The Real Bard? William Shakespeare, known as the Chandos Portrait. Attributed to John Taylor, c. 1600-10. National Portrait Gallery, London hide caption

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