1775, Artist: Joseph-Sifrède Duplessis
Gluck (1724–1787), who reformed the genre of opera by creating modern dramatic musical theatre, is presented in a staged, official setting at the harpsichord. Nevertheless, this is probably the most convincing portrait of a musician ever painted. The composer – with his pockmarked face turned upwards – has paused in a moment of inspiration. Here mental and emotional content including enthusiasm have been organically integrated in a formal portrait.
Joseph-Sifrède Duplessis (1725 Carpentras/Vaucluse - 1802 Versailles) - GND
99,5 x 80,5 cm
Framed: 121,5 x 102,7 x 10 cm
Inscribed on the spinet: J.S. Duplessis pinx. parisiis 1775
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
1824 documented in the gallery;
Christoph Willibald von Gluck (1714 - 1787) - GND
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