The Zuccaro Shakespeare Print
The Zuccaro Shakespeare Print

The Zuccaro Shakespeare Print

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Unknown 17th-century artist

Portrait of an Unknown Man ("The Zuccaro Shakespeare"), circa 1615-20

Oil on panel, 34.2 x 25.7 cm
Folger FPs29
Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Folger, 1926.

Though still referred to as The Zuccaro Shakespeare, we now know the artist was not Federico Zuccaro (1540/41-1609), and the sitter was not Shakespeare. Someone in the 18th century painted a heavy mustache, pointy beard, small earring, and the inscription "W Shakespeare" to disguise a now-unknown man. Conservation treatment in 1988 restored the painting to its original look.

Featured in the exhibition Painting Shakespeare, on view at the Folger Shakespeare Library through Februay 11, 2018.

8.5" x 11" Print.

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