Joseph Karl Stieler: Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1820)

(Beethoven-Haus, Bonn, Germany)

A portrait of one of the most famous composers - Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). This portrait was commissioned by the couple Franz and Antonie Brentan. friends of Beethoven at that time. This painting is mentioned in the conversation books of Beethoven and he sat for the painter 4 times for this painting, a very unusual high number of sittings (especially since since Beethoven was unable to sit still). The manuscript Beeethoven is holding is the Missa solemnis in D major, one of the masterpieces of Beethoven. Painting from 1820.