William Shakespeare’s Death Mask (Happy Birthday/Deathday!)


  1. stuartelden · April 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on Progressive Geographies.


  2. Beth Levin · April 23, 2012

    Look carefully at the picture on the front of the first folio. That is the mask of an actor. Read Osborne’s book “Shakespear Myth or Mystery”. It is a great read.


  3. ccllyyddee · April 23, 2012

    Is this a fake? I thought that there is an ongoing debate who Will Shakespeare really was. If habeas corpus, why the debate? Sure looks like him.


  4. Biblioklept · April 23, 2012

    The simple answer is: We don’t know. The death mask is alleged, probably faked, but, without getting too philosophical or trying to channel William Gaddis or something, how could it not be authentic but for the fact that a forgery might exist?

    You can read about the death mask here: http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts-and-culture/night-and-day/6256853/theatre-the-face-of-shakespeare.thtml

    I’m a fan of literary reliquary and scientific doubt plays little part in that joy.


    • ccllyyddee · April 23, 2012

      It sure looks like him for what that’s worth. I don’t care who wrote Shakespeare because we have the works in writing, and would their effectiveness change because the ‘real’ Bard was actually a Norwegian prince? I am not a theological literalist.


  5. Helen W. Mallon · April 23, 2012

    God. He looks like that portrait of my great-great-great-great-great-great uncle!! Maybe…


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