New portraits of Shakespeare revealed

"I subjected the images to fundamental tests of identity and authenticity, and these revealed that we are dealing with true-to-life portraits of Shakespeare, one from his youth, the second from his old age," said Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel about two recently-discovered portraits of William Shakespeare. (photos)

Hammerschmidt-Hummel, a professor of English at Mainz University, Germany, said the painting of the younger Shakespeare once hung in the bedchamber of Prince Franz (1740-1817), in the Gothic House of the Dessau-W├Ârlitz Garden Realm. The original was taken by the Russians in World War II, but a photograph still exists.