|Johann Georg Edlinger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1790.||
BERLIN, GERMANY.- The Gemaeldegalerie in Berlin has announced the discovery of a painting depicting composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. According to art experts, this could be the last portrait of the composer. It was painted by the German artist Johann Georg Edlinger in 1790. Mozart died in 1791. An expert on Mozart used computer analysis to compare the painting with another painted 13 years earlier. The Gemaeldegalerie also announced the painting will go on show on January 27, the birthday of Mozart. The painting was acquired by the Gemaeldegalerie in 1934 and was recently restored. It measures 80cm by 62cm.
Dr Rainer Michaelis, the senior custodian of the art gallery, recently commissioned extensive computer analysis of the painting and asked Mozart expert Wolfgang Seiller to do the research.
Dr Rainer Michaelis said, "Mr Seiller noticed there were strong similarities between the subject of the portrait and Mozart."