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Beethoven portraits after 1827

Most Beethoven portraits date from after his death. Visual artists created plain-fantasy depictions or used authentic portraits and Beethoven's life mask as basis. The idealistic presentations of Beethoven typical of the 19th century were replaced in the 20th century by depictions of a man struggling with his fate, a serious impression on his face.

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