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Shakespeare's Death Mask

By October 5, 2010

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A curious little story has been floating around for the past month: that William Shakespeare had a striking resemblance to Dennis Hopper!

Of course, Shakespeare's likeness has been the subject of great controversy, and new images and paintings regularly crop up - anyone remember the Cobbe Portrait? - and this story is no different.

Last month, forensic experts reconstructed a staggeringly detailed 3D digital image of Shakespeare's face for a programme on History Channel. It was apparently based upon the Bard's death mask which cropped up Darmstadt, Germany in the 1840s.

The usual furore erupted - the mask's link to Shakespeare's death has been defended and disputed on both sides and there's enough doubt to assume that, at best, this could be the face of Shakespeare ... but nobody's sure!

Whilst doubts remain, one thing is for certain: whoever the death mask originally belonged to (Shakespeare or otherwise), he certainly did have a striking resemblance to Dennis Hopper.

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October 7, 2010 at 6:21 am
(1) David Gamon says:

Who is Dennis Hopper?

October 7, 2010 at 8:37 am
(2) Andres says:

David: You canīt ask that question. FGI

October 7, 2010 at 9:51 am
(3) mirta cernich says:

shouldn’t it be the other way round?

October 9, 2010 at 8:02 pm
(4) tom006 says:

yes.I agree with you.

October 12, 2010 at 7:04 am
(5) Lee Jamieson says:

That’s a REALLY good point! Dennis Hopper is a spec compared to Shakespeare. He lives on the outskirts of the Bard’s shadow. So, better to write: Dennis Hopper looks like Shakespeare, not vice-versa.

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