Art notes: Shakespeare at new haven.
In spite of its grandiose title, this relatively small exhibition is about Shakespeare's appearance rather than his identity. It utterly lacks the scope and enterprise of Richard Buckle's exhibition at Stratford-on-Avon to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth. For that reason, the circumambient display of early editions, portraits of contemporaries, legal documents, and even the coinage and clothes of the time, is irrelevant window-dressing. The whole exposition is encapsulated in the accompanying handbook with 180 accurate reproductions of the exhibits, also called In Search of Shakespeare (National Portrait Gallery Publications. [pounds sterling]35.00. ISBN 1-85514-361-5).
Even if Shakespeare had looked like Caliban, it would not matter. As Ben Jonson wrote of Droeshout's portrait: 'Reader, looke/ Not on his Picture but his Booke'.
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|Title Annotation:||William Shakespeare|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2006|
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