Wednesday 20 September 2017

Off with her head shots! Queen painting may be 'false'

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England. Photo: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII of England. Photo: Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Getty Images

Sarah Knapton

Two of the best known portraits of Anne Boleyn, which are on display at the National Portrait Gallery, may not be her, scientists say.

They have also discovered that two famous portraits of William Shakespeare are also unlikely to be the bard. Facial-recognition experts have created a computer algorithm that maps faces from portraits to see whether they match other paintings.

As a reference, they used a miniature from the British Museum of Boleyn which is the only undisputed likeness of Henry VIII's second wife. After running the software, the experts said they could not be sure that the Anna Bolina portrait, a late 16th-century copy of a painting from 1533, which hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery, was the queen. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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