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This Mozart is… not quite Mozart

The most famous portrait of Salzburg’s favourite son is not, apparently, what we think it is.

It is almost certainly of Mozart and we can be pretty sure that it’s by his brother-in-law, Joseph Lange. But a fascinating essay by Michael Lorenz, who has made a specialist study of Lange, suggests that it’s a miniature that has been pushed and pulled and inflated and manipulated almost beyond recognition to the modest original. Read the full story here.


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  1. That’s not what the essay claims at all. The essay argues, persuasively, that the original Lange miniature has been affixed within the larger canvas. No pushing, pulling, inflating or manipulating, just insertion. The major news of this story is that the Mozarteum appears to not have kept adequate records on one of their prize collection items.

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