09w12:2 Revealed faces of Victorian Reputations

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Mr. Shakespeare

(Image from Time.com)

Portrait of Shakespeare Unveiled, 399 Years Late | Robert Mackey

Is This What Shakespeare Looked Like? | Richard Lacayo

Is this a Shakespeare I see before me? | Independent.ie

A new view: is this the real Shakespeare? | Mark Brown

Why is this the definitive image of Shakespeare? | BBC

Newly Identified Portrait Of William Shakespeare Is Unveiled
LONDON – MARCH 09: A painting of William Shakespeare which is believed to be the only authentic image of Shakespeare made during his life is unveiled by The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on March 9, 2009 in London, England. The recently discovered painting, which is believed to date from around 1610, depicts Shakespeare in his mid-forties. The portrait is due to go on display at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, 2009.

A reminder: “Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare’s genius, and the Victorians hero-worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called ‘bardolatry’.” [from Wikipedia]

Mr. Da Vinci

(image from PDF linked below)

Da Vinci’s Self-Portrait, Discovered two Years Before Piero Angela’s Television Show

‘Early Leonardo portrait’ found | BBC
[there’s an embedded video on this page but the audio doesn’t work for me]

Da Vinci’s Self-Portrait, Discovered two Years Before Piero Angela’s Television Show
“MILAN, March 5 /CNW/ – During the television program Ulysses, aired in Italy on Saturday, the 28th of February, the well-known scientific divulgator Piero Angela stated that a secret drawing, a youthful self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, had just been discovered. Actually, the Leonardo3 (http://www.leonardo3.net) research center in Milan, Italy, had published its own edition of the Codex of Flight (book & interactive software) in the October of 2007: this work included the digital restoration of page 10, revealing the underlying portrait. The same center had also created a 3D reconstruction of the image.”

Leonardo3 SRL (Home Page; PDF containing the PR for the revealed image)

A reminder: ” The 19th century brought a particular admiration for Leonardo’s genius, causing Henry Fuseli to write in 1801: “Such was the dawn of modern art, when Leonardo da Vinci broke forth with a splendour that distanced former excellence: made up of all the elements that constitute the essence of genius …”[60] This is echoed by A. E. Rio who wrote in 1861: “He towered above all other artists through the strength and the nobility of his talents.”[61] By the 19th century, the scope of Leonardo’s notebooks was known, as well as his paintings. Hippolyte Taine wrote in 1866: “There may not be in the world an example of another genius so universal, so incapable of fulfilment, so full of yearning for the infinite, so naturally refined, so far ahead of his own century and the following centuries.”[62]” [from Wikipedia]

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