Martin van Meytens was Empress Maria Theresa’s court painter. This
portrait (assuming that it is him) stands out among the depictions of
the child Mozart. Rather than depicting Mozart as somehow removed from
the real world, either as the cherub-child not quite part of this world
or as the musical genius bordering on automaton, the artist portrays Mozart
here as the most aware person in the crowd, gazing towards the viewer
with disarming seriousness.
During a Concert at the Court of Empress Maria Theresa,
1760. Oil painting by Martin van Meytens (detail). Original owned by the
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
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