In the United Kingdom found the only lifetime portrait of Shakespeare

Image of William Shakespeare was found in a book on botany, published in 1597.

British historian and botanist mark Griffiths announced the sensational discovery, which he did, studying a book on botany, The Herball, published in the late XVI century. One of four figures depicted on the title page, according to the scientist, is a portrait of the world famous playwright William Shakespeare. To install it failed due to decryption of the symbols in the hands of men are plant grouse and corn on the cob these images, according to the researcher, indicate that published the works of Shakespeare: the poem "Venus and Adonis" and the tragedy "Titus Andronicus".

The clue of the Laurel wreath on the head of a man — a symbol of belonging to the aristocracy of the era of Elizabeth I. Griffiths noted that in the design were kept and other hints that leave no doubt who it depicts the portrait. "That looked like Shakespeare in the Prime of life, says Griffiths. — Hard to believe that someone so great and so popular could hide in such a simple place for such a long time."

The approval Mark can not be considered unfounded, since the discovery was made five years ago. The scientist was in no hurry to tell the world about it, long and hard, checked his hunch, consulted with shekspiroved and collected evidence. The first results of a study reported in the journal Country Life, which regularly prints Griffiths. Editor mark hedges called the findings of the employee "literary discovery of the century". "This is the only known portrait of the greatest writer in the world, made during his lifetime, it is absolutely extraordinary discovery... Until today no one knew what William Shakespeare looked in life", — quotes the editor of the Guardian.


According to Mark Hughes, a portrait of Shakespeare was created from life, when the playwright was about 33 years old. "He had already written "a Midsummer night's Dream", and in the near future will create "hamlet." He has the appearance of a movie star," notes hedges.

On the front page a 400-year-old herbalist William Shakespeare depicted in the company of three other persons who had influence in the late sixteenth century. He's the author of the book John Gerard, the famous Flemish botanist Rembert Dodoens Rembert and Treasurer of Queen Elizabeth's Lord Burleigh.

"The image of the fourth man is not styled and not like a cartoon character, — said Griffiths in an interview with the BBC. Is a monochrome image with a height of almost 9 cm, and this is exactly what humankind has been searching for a few centuries."

In his opinion, the later portraits of Shakespeare pushed the image a little-known artist William Rogers, and the encrypted codes in it and the characters were too smart. "Over time, the title page of one of the richest and most important works of English Renaissance began to be perceived only as a rarity and curiosity of the bibliophile, or a typical example of the decoration of the time of Elizabeth. No one wanted to find in it of Shakespeare," notes Griffiths.

Recall that so far no picture of William Shakespeare could not be considered authentic, as all surviving portraits, busts and sculptures were made after the death of the playwright. Recent attempt to reconstruct his face using 3D technology was skeptically received by the scientific community in the absence of proof of the authenticity of the death mask of Shakespeare.published


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