Portrait of Shakespeare by Gerard Soest

 

Portrait of Shakespeare
by Gerard Soest.

Painted in oil on canvas
between 1650 and 1680.

The Soest Portrait was influenced by the Chandos Portrait.

Painted around 1610, The Chandos Portrait is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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