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Cue the academic codslap fight....

Cobbe portrait, purported to be a painting of Shakespeare from life.



NY Times Lede Blog.

Ahh, CNN, with your certainty...


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Is it really Shakespeare? *g*
so what do you think?
Nose is awful straight. But I guess it could have been painted to flatter him.
1. That portrait reminds me of some other Elizabethan, but I can't for the life of me figure out who.

2. I went to grad school with somebody who'd studied with Stanley Wells--my friend could not speak highly enough of Wells (not, of course, that that's a guarantee of anything, but at least Wells isn't a crank).
I'm hoping that the back of the portrait says, "By the way, I wrote all of my own damn plays. Even the later ones. Now cut it out." ;)


(Also, Newbridge House? That's practically just down the road from me. I've been there. Long time ago, though. Can't remember if I was ever inside, but the farm was pretty cool when I was eight. :P )
I just posted about that too!

This is a joke!

The man was an actor first. Didn't he have headshots?

Re: This is a joke!

I love how it's being proclaimed "the only portrait painted of Shakespeare during his lifetime" -- um, hello, the most you can possibly assert, even if you can conclusively prove it's actually a portrait of Shakespeare that was actually painted from life, is that it's the only surviving portrait.
Whoever wrote the Time article has obvs read The Stratford Man.
Yanno, he looks kinda like the actor they got to play Shakespeare on Doctor Who.
Hee. (Am I the only person who thinks that actor also looks like Branagh?)
For someone who didn't exist, the man certainly got his portrait painted rather more often than might be expected.
Fan art.
The clothes are very rich compared to the Folio engraving and funeral bust. I am dubious on those grounds.
As an English teacher and an art historian, this makes me very, very happy.

Aaahhh!!! I love the fact that he actually has eyes that seem to suggest a witty personality as well.
I am entirely distracted from the painting by the idea of this codslap fight. Do academics hit each other with large fish? Can an academic actually lift a whole cod? Maybe they choose sides and then use the cod like battering rams? Mmm battered cod! Or was my original instinct correct and this, being about Elizabethan academics, mean cod*piece* slap fight? Because I can totally picture Elizabethans taking off their codpiece and slapping someone with it, in a particularly insulting version of the glove deal, but academics wearing codpieces? Even ones who study the period? Can I stage a codpiece-slap fight at a RenFaire now?

...so sorry, brain appears to have finally shaken off the sedatives and woken up. Either dinner or codpieces had a stimulant effect, I guess. Whee!
The BBC, who are usually serious and sober about such things, are reporting it fairly straight and using words like 'possible' a lot. They're also down-playing the 'doesn't he look wealthy' angle by talking about the probable date (c.1610) and Shakespeare's court appointment at that period.
Well, in 1610, Shakespeare did have buckets of money. He was a Hollywood producer, and if there had been a chance of starlets, he'd likely have been all over it.

It's possible to be a starving playwright in 1583 and a wealthy man in 1610. These are not mutually contradictory.
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