With the new(?) portrait of Shakespeare(??) getting all the buzz this week, it only makes sense for the “face readers” to come out of the woodwork and tell us some things about the man based entirely on the science of judging the book by its cover. Or, in this case, judging the book by someone else’s interpretation of what the cover looks like.
Know what I’m thinking? Surely this has been done, but I think that we should take all known or assumed portraits of Shakespeare, throw in a bunch of other folks of the same period, and then use one of the face recognizing software packages (like Google’s Picasa, for instance) to see if it groups all the Shakespeares together.
(*) The subject, by the way, is the punch line to an old and rather bad joke. I thought it appropriate.