122 Notes

Obit of the Day: Dead Together

April 23, 1616

Miguel de Cervantes - The author of Don Quixote wrote a total of five novels between 1585 and 1616. (His final novel Persiles was published posthumously.) Cervantes is considered the father of the modern European novel and is considered as influential on the Spanish language as his partner in death is on the English language. Interesting fact: Cervantes and his brother, Roderigo, were captured by Barbary pirates in 1575 and lived in slavery for five years.

William Shakespeare - Outside of the King James Bible, no one has added more to English idiom than William Shakespeare. Interesting fact: The plays performed during the time Don Quixote was published were Measure for MeasureOthelloKing Lear, and Macbeth.

Random note 1: April 23 is International Day of the Book in honor of the passing of Cervantes and Shakespeare by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). 

Random Note 2: Although the men both died on April 23, 1616, Miguel de Cervantes died eleven days before William Shakespeare. Spain, a Catholic country, had converted to the Gregorian calendar (introduced by Pope Gregory XIII) in September 1582. The solar calendar was much more accurate than the Julian calendar (named for Julius Caesar who introduced it to the Romans), a lunar calendar. However, England did not convert to the Gregorian system until 1752. And you think time zones are confusing.

Sources: www.shakespeare-online.com, manoflabook.com, and Wikipedia

Images:

Left, Portrait of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra commonly said to be that which, according to the prologue to Cervantes’ Exemplary Novels was painted by Juan de Jáuregui. Scholars do not believe there are any portraits of Cervantes from his lifetime.

Right, This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. Dated to 1610 the artist may have been John Taylor a member of the London Painters’-Stainers’ Company.

Courtesy of Wikimedia

More Dead Together

Replies

Likes

  1. thecarrotflowerqueen reblogged this from obitoftheday
  2. a-fool-and-his reblogged this from obitoftheday
  3. chris9076 reblogged this from obitoftheday
  4. thehistorymirror reblogged this from obitoftheday
  5. hims17 reblogged this from obitoftheday
  6. descent-with-modification reblogged this from obitoftheday
  7. queensassybbw reblogged this from obitoftheday
  8. picturesandink reblogged this from obitoftheday
  9. amostpeculiarman reblogged this from carriecontainingmultitudes
  10. wheatbreadproject reblogged this from obitoftheday
  11. natthebuddhist reblogged this from obitoftheday
  12. cosmic-star-dust reblogged this from obitoftheday
  13. artekka reblogged this from coeurdelhistoire
  14. bienarrebatado reblogged this from obitoftheday
  15. pluckyone reblogged this from obitoftheday
  16. tears4gears reblogged this from bayamontate
  17. bayamontate reblogged this from obitoftheday
  18. franzhabsburg reblogged this from lady-orange
  19. lady-orange reblogged this from obitoftheday
  20. middleofthemorning reblogged this from obitoftheday
  21. mnikifer reblogged this from kirawords
  22. kirawords reblogged this from onlyalittlelost
  23. onlyalittlelost reblogged this from obitoftheday
  24. zombiebarbiekitten reblogged this from obitoftheday
  25. gritsinmisery reblogged this from thesmilingfish
  26. thecactusinthevalley reblogged this from obitoftheday
  27. gab88fil reblogged this from obitoftheday
  28. jahnnasbrain reblogged this from obitoftheday
  29. nicholaggriim reblogged this from obitoftheday
  30. silent-religion reblogged this from obitoftheday and added:
    http://religions-sorrow.tumblr.com/

 

Reblogs