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Rare portrait of teenage Mozart to be auctioned in Paris

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Rare portrait of teenage Mozart to be auctioned in Paris

Workers install a portrait to be auctioned by Christie & # 39; s on November 27, which depicts composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as a teenager, painted in January 1770 and attributed to the Veronese master Gaimbettino Cignaroli in Paris on November 12. 2019. REUTERS / Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) – A rare portrait of Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be sold by British auction house Christie & # 39; s on November 27 in Paris at an estimated price of between 800,000 euros and 1.2 million euros ($ 882,000). to $ 1.32 million).

The work, one of four portraits painted during the composer's life and still part of a private collection, was painted in 1770. It was attributed to the Italian painter Giambettino Cignaroli.

"It's one of the very rare paintings we know about history from the start," Astrid Centner-d'Oultremont, head of the Old Masters department at Christie's Paris, told Reuters TV.

The oil-on-canvas portrait shows a 13-year-old Mozart playing a harpsichord in front of a score and wearing a white wig and a red coat.

At the time of painting, Mozart was traveling around Italy to continue his arts education, giving concerts across the country.

The portrait was commissioned by Venetian receiver general Pietro Lugiati a few days after an organ concert that Mozart performed in Verona in January 1770.

"Pietro Lugiati was very impressed with the young Mozart's talent while traveling in Italy with his father," said Centner-d'Oultremont.

Mozart was born in 1756 in Salzburg, Austria, and died in 1791 at the age of 35.

Kathryn Carlson's report; Written by Matthieu Protard Editing by Geert De Clercq and Alex Richardson

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