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