By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated May 19, 2015 at 04:24 PM EDT

The U.K.’s Country Life magazine has the world exclusive on “the true face of Shakespeare”—”the first and only known demonstrably authentic portrait … made in his lifetime.” Previously known portraits of The Bard, Country Life notes, were made after his death. This new portrait shows Shakespeare with a man named Lord Burghley, who the magazine calls “the most powerful man in the land.”

Country Life speaks with botanist and historian Mark Griffiths, who “cracked a many-layered Tudor code” and found this portrait of Shakespeare as a young man, on the title page of a 16th-century book about plants called The Herball by John Gerard.

Head to Country Life to see the portrait and learn more about its discovery.