Unique photo of Mozart’s widow revealed
“Her hair severely parted, Constanze Weber Mozart looks unsmilingly away from the camera. She appears to be staring at her feet. Next to her is Max Keller, a Swiss composer and old family friend, surrounded by his daughters and the rest of his family. In the background is a cottage with two garden-facing windows.
The newly discovered black and white image is the only photograph ever taken of Constanze Mozart, the widow of the Austrian composer and genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.”
The Guardian, Luke Harding, 2006.
Fourteen images of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made during his lifetime are known to exist, and the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, is showing 12 of them in an exhibit aimed at dispelling the myth of the composer as a romanticized figure—and to show what the man might have actually looked like.”
This page has some portraits of Mozart I had not seen before. This one I especially like:
I have an inclination to think that this is quite an authentic portrait- as it shows a likeness to the well known portrait of Mozart with his family. However, it is idealised- his complexion is painted more “refined” than it possibly was, as Mozart was a survivor of Smallpox and consequently had a few scars from this. I would guess that he was aged around 14-16 when this was painted. His eyes are gentle and expressive.
This interesting German page has a “photograph” of Mozart, based on 4 of his portraits. It’s in German so I’m not sure how they went about creating this photograph, but it is interesting to see it. It was created by the German police! I am not sure I can see much resemblance to any of his portraits, but they have created an attractive face with character.