Much Ado?

David Dean looks at an Ontario exhibition presenting a new image of the Bard.

Visitors entering the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Leonard Rotunda immediately encounter the small portrait of an auburn-haired, blue-eyed and somewhat mischievous-looking young man that stands alone in the middle of the room. Above, but actually on the wall behind, is the simple question – ‘Shakespeare?’ – thus compelling the viewer to join in the controversy unleashed by the first public showing of the Sanders Portrait, alleged to be of the poet-playwright himself.

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