A controversial portrait of Shakespeare
1. What is the lecture mainly about?
- A The portrait that was the basis for an authentic sculpture of William Shakespeare
- B The engraving on the cover of a famous writer’s first published works
- C A debate surrounding the subject of a portrait painted in the 1600s
- D A sculpture, engraving, and painting found within a family’s private art collection
2. What does the professor imply about testing that was done on a portrait?
- A The results showed that Shakespeare was born later than originally thought.
- B The testing was carried out against the wishes of the owner.
- C The wood base was easier to test than the oil paint.
- D The results verified that the portrait was painted during Shakespeare’s lifetime.
3. Why does the professor mention the queen’s laws?
- A To criticize the restrictive clothing regulations of the period
- B To explain why some people think the man in the painting could not have been a playwright
- C To illustrate the queen’s support of the arts and literature during her time
- D To explain that only certain classes of society were allowed to pose for portraits
4. According to the professor, what is a notable characteristic of portraits painted during the early 1600s?
- A Portraits were often modified after a person’s death.
- B The type of frame indicated the social status of the subject.
- C Portraits of ordinary people became common.
- D Portraits often did not show people’s unattractive features.
5. What has been confirmed about the first owner of a controversial painting?
[CHOOSE 2 ANSWERS]
- A The owner supported Shakespeare financially.
- B The owner made a living as a portrait painter.
- C The owner was a member of Shakespeare’s family.
- D The owner shared the same political beliefs as Sir Thomas Overbury.
6. What is the professor’s opinion of an art historian’s theory that the Cobbe portrait is not of Shakespeare?
- A He agrees with the conclusions of the theory.
- B He believes that there is evidence that disproves the theory.
- C He feels that only certain parts of theory are convincing.
- D He thinks more analyses are needed before the theory con be taken seriously.