Monday, March 9, 2009

William Shakespeare Portrait

Scholars studying the life and times of William Shakespeare unveiled a portrait Monday believed to be the only authentic image of the Bard painted during his lifetime.

Reading the article and seeing the portrait reminded me just how lucky we are that we live in an age in which we have instant access to images of just about everyone we can imagine, be it on facebook or YouTube, or television.* For instance, I had no trouble at all finding images of today's Shakespeare, the playwright and actor Tyler Perry:

Both were playwrights and actors, both achieved wild success in their own lifetimes, and both were men who played female characters on stage.

*I'm also happy that, so far at least, I haven't had to worry about the plague, or the use of leeches as medical treatment, or baptismal syringes.

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