The artist claimed this was a copy of a German portrait completed around
1770. In reality, this is a clever forgery based on one of the authentic
miniatures of Mozart by Lorenzo Posch. The artist simply added Mozart’s
head to a scene depicting a man composing at the keyboard. Portraits were
often reproduced as engravings, so the artist’s claim to authenticity
[top] Mozart, Composing. Hand-colored Etching
by Giovanni Sasso, Paris, ca. 1815. [1805?]
[bottom] Miniature Boxwood Medallion by Lorenzo Posch, May, 1789. Original
owned by the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
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