Wed 11 March 2009, The Guardian

To find the mind's construction in the face: The great Shakespeare debate

By Charlotte Higgins
Is it or isn't it? Claims that the Cobbe portrait is a painting of Shakespeare made during his lifetime have been quashed by the UK's leading expert on Tudor portraiture. Tarnya Cooper, 16th-century curator at the National Portrait Gallery, says she is "very sceptical", and questions Professor Stanley Wells's main argument: that the Cobbe is the original from which the work known as the Janssen portrait was copied - and that the Janssen portrait represents Shakespeare.
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