Saturday, 15 March 2008

Mozart Portrait Found

Attributed to Joseph Hickel - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (ca 1783)After a year of research, Professor Cliff Eisen of King's College, London, has authenticated this painting as a genuine portrait of composer and child prodigy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, probably by Austrian artist Joseph Hickel around 1783. As there are only three other authenticated portraits of Mozart painted during his "Vienna years" (1781 to his death at 35 in 1791), this is a significant find. The work is owned by a US collector who bought it in 2005, probably with a catalogue title of "Portrait of a Gentleman", which is the usual title when a posh male sitter is unknown. It is now worth millions.


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