Source Pravda.Ru

Disputed Elizabethan portrait not Shakespeare, National Gallery says

An Elizabethan portrait thought by many to depict the young William Shakespeare is not the bard, experts at the National Portrait Gallery have concluded. The "Grafton portrait," which shows a dark-haired, high-browed young man in a rich scarlet jacket, has appeared on the cover of books about the writer. Gallery experts dated the painting to 1588, when Shakespeare was 24, the age given by an inscription on the picture for its subject.

But they said Friday that there was no other evidence to suggest the portrait, owned by the University of Manchester, was of the playwright. Curator Tarnya Cooper said it was unlikely Shakespeare, then a young actor and writer, would have been able to afford a garment as expensive as the one in the painting.

"We believe that Shakespeare left Stratford-upon-Avon following the birth of twins in 1585," Cooper said. "One possibility is that he joined a traveling theater troupe and it is very unlikely that in 1588, Shakespeare would have been able to afford a costume of this type."

Cooper said the painting had helped nurture the image of a sensitive, brooding young poet popularized by the film "Shakespeare in Love", "a beautiful young man with a sensitive and passionate face, of a character with an incredible emotional range."

Painted in oils on an oak panel by an anonymous artist, the Grafton Portrait is named for one of the Dukes of Grafton, who is said to have owned it.

The gallery is restoring and authenticating three portraits purportedly of Shakespeare in preparation for its "Searching for Shakespeare" exhibition next year.

Using x-rays, ultraviolet light, microphotography and paint sampling tests, scholars at the gallery concluded in April that one of the best-known Shakespeare portraits, the so-called Flower portrait owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, was also a fake. Scientific analysis revealed the painting dated from the 19th century.

Next, experts will examine the Chandos portrait, which is in the gallery's own collection, reports the AP I.L.

Representatives of the North Korean administration issued a statement saying that the United States and its allies have lost the "political and military confrontation" to the DPRK

North Korea declares victory over USA

In recent years, genetics has become a cutting-edge science, not only in the professional field of biology, but also because of the enormous social reach of its discoveries and approaches. Not in vain, practically every day the press offers us the discovery of a new gene, a new hereditary determinant directly involved in the manifestation of diseases or physical characteristics.

The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Comments
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
North Korea declares victory over USA
Visit to Moscow: Tillerson takes secret offer for Putin
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
The need for a Global Political Agenda 2018
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Pentagon can not accept Russia's victory over terrorists in Syria
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Italy: Free fall
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, capitals and puppets
North Korea declares victory over USA
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Russia unveils the date for the launch of the superbridge to Crimea
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
The Myth of the Gene: Genetics, Epigenetics and the Organism-Environment Loop
Turkish President Erdogan issues ultimatum to Washington and Brussels
New Syria to be born in Russia's Sochi
New Syria to be born in Russia's Sochi