PortraitGate! The Contest Begins!

In the future, the new Cobbe Portrait of Shakespeare (NOT!) promoted by Stanley Wells may well go down in history as the “tipping point” in the transition from Myth to Reality in terms of recognizing the true author (Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who created his self-portrait in the character of Hamlet)…

Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells with the Cobbe Portrait - Hazel Thompson for The New York Times

Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells with the Cobbe Portrait - Hazel Thompson for The New York Times

And because this crucial event must eventually have a name, like Watergate, we’re holding a contest for it in advance.

First Suggestion: PortraitGate!

Give us your thumbs-up for this name (invented by John Shahan, who inspired and put together The Shakespeare Authorship Coalition and The Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare) — or send in your own ideas for it; and we’ll announce the winning name in a few weeks hence.

CobbeGate?  WellsGate? Or……….?

Published in: Uncategorized on March 31, 2009 at 3:59 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. How about the ‘The Portrait of Illusion’.
    There is something of a desperation in putting forward a portrait that can so easily be shown to be bogus.
    I think everyone should simply use ‘Shake-speare (De Vere)’ whenever they quote Shakespeare, as I do now on my site. Perhaps the next contest should select a standard way of replacing the name ‘Shakespeare’. Alex

  2. I suggest Cipriani-gate, in honor of the 18th century Italian painter Giovanni Battista Cipriani, who clearly anticipated the end result of this airbrushing-Shakespeare trend in painting his own bodice-ripper bard wearing the holy red and blue robes cribbed from Da Vinci’s Last Supper. Yes, Shakespeare as Buff Jesus! It is now only a matter of time now before Professor Wells notices the eerie resemblance between the Cobb and the Shroud of Turin.

    Furthermore I would like to introduce into the debate the verb Ciprianize, as in: “Mr. Wells, clearly insane now, first hinted at his madness in his insistence on Cirpianizing Shakespeare during the Cobb-portrait fiasco.”

    My back up suggestion is Rogaine-gate with its attendant verb Rogainizing.

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