Shakespeare’s ‘Flower Portrait’ not a replica, claims curator

November 14th, 2007 - 8:09 am ICT by admin  
Tarnya Cooper, who examined the painting in 2005 as curator at the National Portrait Gallery, contends that the claims of The Flower Portrait being replaced with a replica are “plainly nonsensical”.

Cooper even claims that the portrait was not painted in Shakespeare’s time, and that it is a 19th-century fake, reports New Scientist magazine.

Her remarks come days after Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel of the University of Mainz, Germany, claimed that the Bard’s famous painting was just a replica.

Hammerschmidt-Hummel had examined The Flower Portrait in 1996, and proclaimed it an authentic representation of the Bard, painted in 1609.

She recently claimed that the panting she had examined in 1996 has been replaced with a copy.

According to her, the copy of portrait had a more modern wooden panel. She also said that the outline of a Madonna detected beneath the paint by X-rays in 2005 was significantly different from that recorded in a 1966 X-ray. (ANI)

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