"The object of art is to give life a shape."
The newly identified portrait of William Shakespeare has been unveiled at Dartmouth House, Mayfair, London.
The oil canvas is thought to have been painted in 1610 - six years before the playwright's death - when he was about 46 years old.
It remained in the same family for centuries and was inherited by art restorer Alec Cobbe.
The painting will go on display at The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 23, Shakespeare's birthday.
*Note that there is no truth to the rumor that Painter Karin Wells is related to Prof. Stanley Wells, Wells Fargo, Wells Cathedral, Wells College or any known Water or Oil Wells. But she once drove by Wells, Maine.
Wow. Since I posted this I have gotten a heap of email on this topic.
This is the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare.
For starters, see the comments and other link below to read about and view the Sanders "authentic" painting of Shakespeare.
Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices hear a moot court debate over the authorship of Shakespeare's plays. The mock trial was organized to explore the theory that Edward DeVere, the 17th Earl of Oxford, was the actual author of the plays, writing under the pseudonym of Shakespeare. See the video here.
Shakespeare by John Taylor hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Justice Stevens Renders an Opinion on Who Wrote Shakespeare's Plays
It Wasn't the Bard of Avon, He Says; 'Evidence Is Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.' See this article here.