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Culture: Shakespeare’s Face文化:莎士比亚的肖像
William Shakespeare
For hundreds of years nobody knew this was Shakespeare
It’s not every week that England’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare hits the headlines, but the Bard of Avon has been the subject of two news stories in recent days as new information has come to light about the writer and his working environment.

In the first development, a portrait of Shakespeare, which is believed to be the only picture painted of him during his lifetime, was unveiled in London.

The artwork has been dated back to 1610, meaning it was painted six years before the writer’s death.

The painting had been owned by a family descended from Shakespeare’s literary patron for hundreds of years without them ever knowing who the man in the picture was.

Alec Cobbe, who inherited the portrait, realised that the painting was a likeness of Shakespeare after visiting an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery where he saw a portrait that had, until 70 years ago, been accepted as a life portrait of Shakespeare.

Mr Cobbe immediately realised he was looking at a copy of the painting that had been in his family for centuries.

The painting will now go on display in Shakespeare’s hometown Stratford-upon-Avon.

In a separate story, archaeologists in London believe they have unearthed the remains of Shakespeare’s first theatre.

The site was excavated by a team from the Museum of London last summer, and is believed to have been built in 1576.

Experts think that Shakespeare himself acted at the theatre, which may have been where the play Romeo and Juliet was premiered.

It is believed that 25 years after construction, the building was dismantled and moved timber by timber to the South Bank of the Thames, where a reconstruction of the theatre now stands.



GLOSSARY 词汇表 (收听发音, 请单击英语单词)

playwright
剧作家

Bard of Avon
艾芬河的吟游诗人

portrait
肖像

dated
源于(某日起)

literary patron
文学赞助人

likeness
相似物

unearthed
挖掘出了

site
遗址

premiered
首次公演

timber by timber
一块一块木条

hits the headlines
登上头条

come to light
显露

unveiled
揭开面纱,公开

descended from
后代

inherited
继承

archaeologists
考古学家

remains
遗留物

excavated
发掘

dismantled
拆除

reconstruction
再建


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