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PORTRAITS OF SHAKESPEARE. Katherine Duncan-Jones. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 136 pp. with 40 ills. (37 col.). 22 x 18 cm. ISBN 9781851244058 In English.
Publisher's description: Most of us can recall with clarity a favorite scene from Shakespeare. But call to mind the playwright's appearance and there are many depictions to choose from with few widely accepted. Shakespeare himself left no description of his appearance nor can any evidence be found that he commissioned a portrait. With Portraits of Shakespeare, Katherine Duncan-Jones poses a series of questions about the mysterious physical appearance of the brilliant writer of plays, poems, and sonnets: Why is it so difficult to find images of Shakespeare that were made during his lifetime? Which images are most likely to have been made by those close to the writer? And why do newly discovered images emerge with such startling regularity? With an eye toward answering these questions, the book begins with a broad analysis of the tradition of the "author portrait" before, during, and after Shakespeare's lifetime. Duncan-Jones provides a detailed critique of three of the most widely accepted portraits: the engraving facing the First Folio's title page; the sculptured stone bust that adorns Shakespeare's funerary monument at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon; and the "Chandos portrait," an early seventeenth-century painting on canvas which is widely recognized as the best image.
Indexing: Western, Europe, International (Western Style) — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 164886
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