Tiny por­trait iden­ti­fied as thick-haired Mozart

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VI­ENNA, Aus­tria — A round-faced young man with a thick head of hair de­picted on a tiny 18th-cen­tury por­trait that had the ex­perts puz­zled for cen­turies now has a name — Wolf­gang Amadeus Mozart.

Re­searchers at Salzburg’s Mozar­teum mu­seum an­nounced Fri­day that they have def­i­nitely iden­ti­fied the per­son in the pic­ture as the mu­si­cal ge­nius.

And it’s not any like­ness ei­ther. They say that of 14 known por­traits, it is one of only a few show­ing him gaz­ing di­rectly at the viewer and with­out his sig­na­ture white pow­dered wig.

Ex­pert Cristoph Grosspi­etch says the mu­seum’s find­ings are based on ex­am­i­na­tions of the por­trait and his­tor­i­cal records of the era.

He says the same ex­perts con­clud- ed that an­other por­trait, show­ing a youth hold­ing a bird’s nest, was not Mozart, as had been be­lieved.

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