Mrs. Mozart


A print of the only photograph of Mozart’s widow, Constanze Weber, has been found in Germany. The photograph was taken in 1840 in the Bavarian town of Altoetting when she was 78. She died two years later.

The local authorities say detailed examination has proved the authenticity of the image, which is a copy of the original daguerreotype.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died at the age of 36 in 1791, when Constanze was 29. She later married a Danish diplomat.

The print is one of the earliest examples of photography in Bavaria. It was found in the town archives.

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  1. Anderson says:

    She’s on the front left, says the BBC item.

    I dunno. That could be a guy in drag. Maybe Mozart didn’t really die

  2. Christopher says:

    Um, what’s the point of this story? What OTB perspective does it give? Gosh I’m pounding my heard trying to figure it out!

  3. McGehee says:

    What OTB perspective does it give?

    Just a guess, but I’m thinking its “OTB perspective” is that Kate, an OTB contributor, found it interesting.

    I could be wrong.