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What did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart look like as an adult?

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chin3069 | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted October 4, 2012 at 6:04 AM via web

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What did Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart look like as an adult?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 4, 2012 at 4:37 PM (Answer #1)

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in 1791, around 30-40 years before the invention of photography, so there are only paintings and drawings of his appearance. Most portraits of Mozart as an adult show him as round-faced and looking calm, without worry-lines in his forehead or cheeks. His features are consistent with the stereotypical Victorian upper-class. He is almost always depicted wearing a red, collarless jacket with a ruffle in the front, and a powedered wig with curls on the side. The most famous portrait of the adult Mozart is a family portrait by Johann Nepomuk della Croce, and the detail of Mozart from that portrait is often reproduced and repainted. That painting was from 1780, and depicts Mozart at about 24 years old. A 1789 painting by Christian Vögel shows Mozart with thicker hair and a thinner face, emphasizing his eyes and lips. In 2005, a portrait from 1790 was revealed that is claimed to be the last portrait of Mozart ever painted; it shows a man with an older, more weathered face, and fuller, thicker hair. Painted by Johann Georg Edlinger, the attribution of the painting is debated, as it doesn't match other depictions of Mozart around the same time; the painting was digitally compared to a painting of Mozart by Joseph Lange from around the same period, which shows Mozart with a smoother face and a significantly different nose. 

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pencilman | Student | Honors

Posted October 4, 2012 at 9:30 AM (Answer #2)

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this question is alittle tricky. if you are saying by appearance, it would be hard to say as it is diffcult to find actually pics of him. although paintings have given some answers. mozart in his twenties looked stern and possibly serious due to his childhood. possibly he hair was more to the dark side though most paintings have it white, it is impossible for someone so young to have white hair, maybe a wig?

but if it is of a poem or something else like a song, as of now, i am unable to answer you.

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