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Last month, Bach; this month, Mozart


by Jerome Weeks 14 Mar 2008

W.A. Mozart, 1783 You may recall the the laser-scanner, computer forensic creation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “real” face in February. Now researchers think they have found what Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart really looked like — all previous images were not based on life portraits. To the great excitement of musical scholars, two previously-unknown oil portraits painted […]

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1783 portrait

W.A. Mozart, 1783

You may recall the the laser-scanner, computer forensic creation of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “real” face in February.

Now researchers think they have found what Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart really looked like — all previous images were not based on life portraits.

To the great excitement of musical scholars, two previously-unknown oil portraits painted from life– and which can be traced back to a close friend of the composer’s father – have been discovered.

They were identified by Cliff Eisen, Professor of music history at King’s College London, who has found documentary evidence that links them to letters written by Mozart and his father, Leopold.

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