Portrait of a decomposing composer

Mozart was a very tired-looking 34-year-old, if this newly discovered portrait is any indication. I guess being a genius takes it out of you.

In the (paraphrased) immortal words of Tom Lehrer, though, “It’s a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he’d been dead for 10 years…”

UPDATE: Oops! Link was bad before, but now it’s fixed.

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    • Edward Willett on January 15, 2005 at 2:49 am
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    Sorry about that! The link’s fixed now.

    • Anita Daher on January 14, 2005 at 11:22 pm
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    Wrong link, Ed! Can you find it again? I’d really love to see this.

    • M. D. Benoit on January 14, 2005 at 12:44 pm
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    Ah… Ed, I don’t get it. What does NASA have to do with Mozart?

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