Friday, March 14, 2008

Face time

* Newly unearthed portraits from life give us better ideas of what Mozart looked like in youth and adulthood. In his Vienna years, he looked like a composite of youngish British actors in period-dress dramas:

* The Centre for Forensic and Medical Art at Dundee University in Scotland, meanwhile, has reconstructed the face of Johann Sebastian Bach. I'm reminded of Rod Steiger as Mr. Joyboy in "The Loved One":

* What did Beethoven look like when he wasn't sullen?