Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Shakespeare's 3D image to be unveiled

The History Channel is slated to unveil a new 3D image of British playwright William Shakespeare, which is said to be the first to resemble the poet.

The picture will be revealed in the TV documentary Death Masks, which is to be aired on the History Channel on Sept. 13, 2010.

According to the Daily Mail, the program will present a quite different picture of the poet which shows every wrinkle on the playwright's face.

"They show strong evidence both forensically and historically that this 3D model may be, in fact, the way Shakespeare looked in life," said Director Stuart Clarke.

Images of Napoleon, Julius Caesar, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have also been recreated by the same method which is based on scans taken from death masks and in some cases masks made during life.

Producers of the program claim "the images will challenge viewers' perceptions of what some of history's most famous figures looked like."

Many experts doubt the validity of the death mask used by Clarke.

The mask was found in Darmstadt, Germany, in the 1840s, when German scientists said it belonged to Shakespeare and proved that the writer suffered from cancer towards the end of his life.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust chairman Stanley Welles rejects the validity of the new image and the death mask saying that "Shakespeare was not a national figure at the time, not in the way he is today, and it is unlikely a mask like this would have been made."

William Shakespeare is known by many as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest dramatist.

He is also known as England's national poet and the 'Bard of Avon'. About 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long narrative poems are among his remaining works.

His plays have been translated into every major living language and are frequently staged all around the globe.

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