BERLIN, Jan 6 (AFP) - German art experts have authenticated a painting believed to be the last portrait ever made of the composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the body which runs Berlin's museums said on Thursday.
The 80 by 62 centimetre (31.5 by 24.5 inch) portrait in oils, painted by German artist Johann Georg Edlinger in 1790, a year before Mozart's death, was authenticated by an expert on the composer, Wolfgang Seiller.
Computer comparisons with another already authenticated portrait made 13 years earlier and Seiller's particularly detailed knowledge of the Austrian musical genius led him to conclude that the painting was real.
The painting was acquired by Berlin's prestigious Gemaeldegalerie 70 years ago and was only recently restored.
It will go on show to the public on January 27 on what would have been the 249th birthday of Mozart, who died of a mystery illness in 1791 aged 35.
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