Rare portrait of teenage Mozart could fetch $1.3M at auction

Rare portrait of teenage Mozart could fetch $1.3M at auction
Christie's via CNN
A rare portrait of a teenage Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could fetch as much as $1.3 million at auction in Paris.

A rare portrait of a teenage Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart smashed auction estimates to sell for over 4 million euros ($4.4 million) in Paris on Wednesday.

The portrait, dating from 1770 and attributed to the Italian painter Giambettino Cignaroli, depicts a 13-year-old Mozart playing a harpsichord, wearing a white wig and red dress coat.

It was painted while the young composer was on a tour of Italy as part of his artistic education, according to the auction house behind the sale, Christie’s, which had initially set a gtx_ads_conf.ads["ad-manager-209287"]= {"custom_css":[],"ad_details":[{"min_width":"","max_width":"","dfp_ad_sizes":[{"dfp_ad_width":"300","dfp_ad_height":"250"}]}],"ad_id":209287,"ad_container":"div-ad-manager-209287","ad_placement":"in-article","ad_name":"ad-manager-209287","position":"in_article","article_position":2,"out_of_page_ad":null,"lazyload":"global"};

“All evidence points to it being the work of a Veronese painter in the circle of Pietro Lugiati, as the commission was undertaken with such rapidity,” Christie’s noted.

“Two artists from the Cignaroli family were suggested at the beginning of the 20th century — Giuseppe, called Fra Felice (1726-1796), and Giandomenico (1722-1793); however, a more stylistic approach points to it being the work of a more assured painter.

“The suggestion that this is the work of Giambettino Cignaroli, the most famous Veronese artist of the 18th century and Lugiati’s cousin, is an attractive one.”