The Grafton Portrait of Shakespeare
Status: Art Fake (i.e. it's not Shakespeare)
The National Portrait Gallery has reported that the Grafton portrait, long thought to depict Shakespeare as a young man, doesn't depict him at all
. They don't know who the guy in the painting is. The portrait apparently served as the inspiration for the portrayal of Shakespeare in the movie Shakespeare in Love
So the Grafton portrait will now join the Flower portrait
(revealed to be a nineteenth-century fake earlier this year
) in the category of "portraits of Shakespeare that don't actually show Shakespeare." My hunch is that all the depictions of Shakespeare are unreliable. We'll never know what he looked like.
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