Apr 30, 2015
By Andy Johnson
A portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, considered one of the most important paintings in the classical music world, is being returned to his home town after a 250-year absence. The portrait was painted in Leipzig in 1748. It shows Bach in his early sixties, dressed in formal clothing and a wig, as was customary at the time, holding a sheet of music. The painting is a bequest from a late American philanthropist. It was previously owned by a Jewish family who fled Nazi persecution in the 1930s. The painting will go on display at the Leipzig Bach Museum on June 12 when the city begins a festival celebrating the composer’s music.
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