Library and Archives Canada

Library and Archives Canada

February 23, 2009 10:09 ET

Media Advisory: Portrait Gallery of Canada Asks "Is it Shakespeare?"

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2009) - On Sunday, March 1, the Portrait Gallery of Canada invites the public to a screening of Battle of Wills, a film by Anne Henderson. Part historical mystery, part science-fiction thriller, this documentary tells the compelling story of the Sanders portrait, a painting whose Canadian owner claims it is the only image of Shakespeare taken from life.

Thirteen scientific tests have proven that the Sanders portrait is an unaltered painting from the early 17th century. But is it Shakespeare? Battle of Wills takes you on a journey from the high-tech labs of North America, to the art galleries of London's Bond Street, to the wind-swept castles of the English Midlands-all to unravel the mystery behind a painting that is now in Canadian hands and drawing the attention of the art world.

Filmmaker Ms. Anne Henderson, portrait owner Mr. Lloyd Sullivan, Canadian Conservation Institute senior scientist Ms. Marie-Claude Corbeil and Portrait Gallery Director General Dr. Lilly Koltun will take part in a panel discussion following the screening.

WHAT: Screening of Battle of Wills

WHEN: Sunday, March 1, 2009, doors open at 7:00 p.m., screening at 7:30 p.m., panel discussion at 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Battle of Wills is presented by the Portrait Gallery of Canada in collaboration with filmmaker Anne Henderson, producer Nathalie Barton and InformAction of Montreal.

The film is in English only. Simultaneous translation will be provided for the panel discussion.

The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is dedicated to showcasing the men and women who have helped shape and continue to shape our country. Through its exhibitions, collections and programming, the Portrait Gallery reflects the diverse values of Canadians and provides an enduring basis for the country's vision of nationhood. For more information, visit:

Contact Information

  • Library and Archives Canada
    Isabelle Gaudreau
    Media Relations Officer