The Cherub-Like Genius
Mozart appears here as a cherub-like genius, enchanting monks who dare
not disturb his heavenly music. In order to emphasize how small and young
Mozart was, his legs have been shortened to dwarfish proportions. There
are a number of fantasy portraits like this one, and, like this one, many
cross the line between art and kitsch.
The Young Mozart at the Organ of the Franciscan Church
in Ybbs. Oil painting by Heinrich Lossow, 1864. [1874?] Original owned
by Linz Castle.
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