Searching for Shakespeare catalogue (hardback)

Searching for Shakespeare catalogue (hardback)

With new scientific evidence, this book looks at six contested portraits of the playwright and examines their authenticity

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With essays by Tarnya Cooper, Marcia Pointon, James Shapiro and Stanley Wells

In 1856 the newly founded National Portrait Gallery was presented with a compelling painting of William Shakespeare, known as the Chandos portrait. Yet whether it represents Shakespeare remains a matter of intense debate. For the first time this book looks at six contested portraits of the playwright and examines their authenticity.

With new scientific evidence - including X-ray, infrared and ultraviolet examination, macro and micro photography and paint sampling - Searching for Shakespeare is an impressive and perceptive contribution to historical, cultural and literary studies.

280 x 240mm, 240 pages, 180 illustrations, 140 in colour, 50,000 words, hardback

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