On Mozart’s childhood tours, aristocratic admirers showered the
prodigy with an array of presents such as silver snuffboxes, watches,
bejewelled rings, miniature portraits, etc. The Empress Maria Theresa
gave a golden pocket watch, with her image on the front, to Mozart in
1771. From the time of Maria Theresa’s gift to the era of quartz
watches, a curious reversal of roles took place between patron and artist.
In an age of capitalist market values, of corporate images and advertising
slogans, it is the face of the genius that sells, though the means of
presentation remain essentially the same.
[top] Mozart Quartz Wristwatch and [bottom]
picture of a pocket watch, L’Epine, Paris
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