ZT-A controversial portrait of Shakespeare

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?

  • 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.



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