An April 28, 2014 essay published in the New Yorker and authored by Adam Gopnik focuses on the Sanders Portrait and CASP Director, Daniel Fischlin, describing the most recent phase of research into the Sanders Portrait of Shakespeare and its origins.
The recent issue of The New Yorker magazine features U of G English professor and University research Chair Daniel Fischlin. In an article entitled “The Poet’s Hand,” Fischlin discusses his work over the past decade to help authenticate the Sanders portrait, believed to be the only one of William Shakespeare painted while the playwright was alive. Fischlin outlines the scientific works that has been conducted to authenticate the painting, as well as efforts to trace family connections between Shakespeare and the ancestors of the portrait’s previous owner, Lloyd Sullivan.
Thought to depict the Bard at age 39, the Sanders portrait was the centrepiece of a months-long exhibit at Guelph’s Macdonald Stewart Art Centre in 2007. It’s also the signature image of U of G’s Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project (CASP), the world’s largest and most complete website about Shakespeare’s cultural influence that was founded by Fischlin. Last fall, U of G hosted an international symposium at the University of Toronto’s Munk Centre where evidence gathered by experts about the portrait was presented. Read more about the portrait.