Mozart and the Keyboard Culture of His Time


Family Portrait
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This oil painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce was commissioned by Leopold Mozart at Salzburg between late autumn 1780 and early 1781. This reproduction appeared in Nissen’s (Constanze’s second husband) biography of Mozart. Wolfgang and Nannerl are shown playing four hands on a fortepiano. Leopold is shown with his violin and his quill, to signify that he is both a musician and a writer. The portrait on the wall is of Mozart’s mother, who had died four years earlier. The figure of Apollo in the background further emphasizes the musical nature of the Mozart family.

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Family Portrait. Oil Painting by Johann Nepomuk della Croce, Salzburg, late 1780/early 1781. Original owned by the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
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