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Flower Portrait Controversy
Status: Art ControversyThe last time the famous Flower portrait of Shakespeare (the one showing him wearing a wide white collar) made news was back in 2005, when experts at the National Portrait Gallery declared it a fraud painted sometime during the 19th century.
Now a German scholar, Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, is arguing that the National Portrait Gallery experts didn't examine the original painting. She believes that sometime in the past ten years someone stole the original Flower portrait and substituted a fake in its place:
The Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Portrait Gallery are disputing her claim:
So, if I'm understanding this controversy correctly, Hammerschmidt-Hummel is saying that the Flower portrait is real because the one we have is a fake. But the RSC and Portrait Gallery are saying that the Flower portrait is fake because the one we have is the real one.
Posted by Alex on Fri Oct 26, 2007
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There are several portraits that are alleged to be Shakespeare but none can be shown to be him. All show a great deal of simularity but, if I remember right, they also show simularity to one of the noblemen sometimes claimed to be the real Shakespeare. I've never been to the National Portrait Gallery so I've never seen this except in photos and anyway what I know about art forgery is minute. I bet, though, Professor HH-H sells a lot of books.Posted by Christopher Cole in Tucson, AZ on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 12:44 PM
I wonder if he could be dug up & have some facial reconstruction or something done. They do it for other bones...like found bodies & stuff. Why not ol' Willy?Posted by Maegan in Tampa, FL - USA on Fri Oct 26, 2007 at 02:10 PM