Everyone has seen them -- the classic portraits of Mozart by Stock, Kroft, Lange, Posche and others. But the whole problem is that these fine picture have been shown so often that most of us have menorized them, and they can be seen all over the Internet.
The illustrations shown on this page are but a few of the numous fine examples of Mozart art that are not so often seen, and not so often reproduced. As I find them, I will share them with you.
This is one of my favorite examples of Mozart art, which was sent to me several years ago by an in-law of mine. It is very large, and the details do not show up well here -- so please click the picture if you want to see a larger version. The little boy at the keyboard is adorable, complete with tiny shoes kicked off and lying under the harpsichord -- and the look of love and pride on Leopold's face is priceless.
This magnificent piece of Art Nouveau dates from sometime in the late 19th century, and is more commonly seen in Salzburg or Vienna than in the United States. It is another great favorite of mine, and a large copy of it hangs in my living room (click it to see a larger copy). It is obviously based on the Lange portrait, and is titled "Mozart at the Spinet"., complete with cherubs and a Muse.
By an Unkbown Artist
By Anton Romako
By Joseph Grassi
By J. Zoffany
By Kim Scott
By Mary Hanson-Roberts
By Daisy Brambletoes
This handsome portrait was found in Russia where it had been kept privately for years. It was painted by the same artist who painted him as a boy, holding a bird's nest. In both cases, the artist mistakenly gave him brown eyes, so it is possible that Wolfgang never actually sat for either picture.
This wonderful portrait was found in another private collection, in Italy. It was painted in England around 1765.
This charming game of hide-and-seek was drawn by a very talented illustrator whose fantasy art is well known. She loves 18th Century themes, and her graphic fantasy, "Comes a Candle", is a wonderful period adventure fll of beautiful, meticulous little drawings. Be sure to check out her link.
By contrast, this and the following pictures, are only a few years old. This one appeared on a record shop flyer during the 1991 Bicentennial. Perhaps because of the quality of my copy, I've tried to reproduce it larger, but the features are unfortunately obscured no matter what I've tried to do. Take my word for it, though, it is very attractive.
Click the picture to enlarge. This was painted by that silly woman with the ridiculous English name, who thinks she's a Hobbit!
I don't know who painted either of these, but they are simply lovely.
I'm afraid they are not thumbnails, this is as large as I can make them until
This exquisite little piece was actually an "envelope" container, produced in London, in 1764. Wolfgang was eight years old at the time, and was obviously making an impression in London. The coin inside the box appears to be an English sixpence.
This is a very pretty little sepia portrait of Mozart gazing out the window on a sunny morning, lost in one of his creative moments. There are a couple of interesting problems, though. This is clearly the Mozart of the Viennese period -- and out the window is the fortress in Salzburg! Furthermore, Mozart never had this view from the window of either of his Salzburg addresses.
This is a very charming little French art deco illustration that I stumbled onto quite recently. What I especially like is the wonderful little-boy look on Mozart's face as his attention is equally divided between his music and the inquisitive little monkey.
by Phillipe Noyer
This one was in the possession of the Victorian-era sculptor, Tilgner, who created the famous statue in Vienna, but the painter is unknown, as well as the date of the painting. Great piece !
I love the way his eyes match the jacket.
This beautiful picture is one of my favorites, also by an unknown artist.
The caption says it all: "Mozart and his Constanze on their honeymoon", in German, of course. It has appeared on postcards and candy boxes, and "Amadeus" fans will recognize Stanzi's dress and starw hat as the same outfit she wore in the movie, when she took Wolfgang's music to Salieri.
This very unusual and surprisingly pleasant portrait is by artist Brian Zick, based on the Barbara Kroft painting. I like the way he softened Mozart's expression a I had always supected the original, commissioned by Nannerl years after her brother's death, was marred with her own bitter feelings, conveyed subconsciousy into Fr. Kroft's artwork
by Brian Zick
This striking picture, which you can click to enlarge, is an extremely nice portrait by an unknown artist, based on the Lange portrait.
This is a rarely seen portrait by the Italian atist, Pompeo Battoni, presumably depicting Mozart in his teenage years while travelling in Italy.
By Pompeo. Battoni
Even more rare is a portrait of the boy Mozart by Grassi, already famous for other paintings of the composer. This one was actually found in a barn in the year 2003. It was found in a chest along with music books, coins and a snuff box dated 1764. And yes.. It's Mozart. The family that it came from had ancestors who were supposedly decendants of Leopold's landlords. Some debate exists as to the authenticity of it as a portrait, so the verdict is still officially "out". Click the picture to see it enlarged.
By Joseph Grassi
The internet is filled with wonderful examples of Mozart art,
most of which is available for everyone's use.
But not everything actually is available to the public.
I deeply regret to say that it has come to my attention that
some of The Mozart Cafe's original images
have been "borrowed" from this website without my permission.
The Mozart Cafe has many unique items,
including exclusive photos, exclusive artwork and web graphics, and these should not appear anywhere else.
If you find these original pieces anywhere online, and they are not credited to The Mozart Cafe, then you will know why there are graphics guards ao this website.
All Broken Links are now in the process of being corrected,
and some additional upgrades are in the works.
Drawings by Mary Hansen-Roberts and Daisy Brambletoes