Late J S Bach portrait is discovered at Eisenach

Late J S Bach portrait is discovered at Eisenach


norman lebrecht

March 06, 2014

j s bach Foto: Constantin Beyer / Bachhaus Eisenach.

This is the great man in old age, newly acquired and announced today by the birthplace museum.

j s bach



  • Marguerite Foxon says:

    Yep, looks like him alright!

  • James Louder says:

    There can be no doubt that this is a representation of J. Sebastian Bach. The question is, does this purport to be a portrait from the life, or is it (as it appears) derived, most likely posthumously, from one of the portraits that Elias Gottlob Haussmann painted in 1746 and 1748 (the latter possibly a corrected copy of the former). Might we have a link to a site where these questions are addressed?

  • What James Louder said.

  • 18mebrumaire says:

    Looks like it’s been (badly) copied from an old postcard — anyone want to own up?