Lobkowicz Collections Spotlight

Theatrical Life in Vienna:

Prima Donne, Joseph Lange, and Mozart

In a description of the Lobkowicz collections published in 1860, there are eight costume paintings by Joseph Lange detailed. It is interesting that the author chose to mention only them and not any of the more famous paintings. Four of these costume paintings were recently displayed at the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, where they are part of the new exhibition, Portrait in Music.

The artist, Joseph Lange (1751–1831) was a famous figure in Vienna. However, he was not known for his paintings but for being one of the leading actors at the court theatres. Together with his wife Aloysia Lange (1761–1839), who was a leading prima donna at the court operas, he was at the center of Viennese theatre life. The eight paintings portray himself and his fellow actors in their most prominent roles. In 1810, they were commissioned by Franz Joseph Maximilian, 7th Prince Lobkowicz (1771–1816), who was a board member and subsequent director of the court theatres.

Today, Lange is most famous for his portrait of his brother-in-law Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791). Although unfinished, it is probably the most realistic depiction of the composer that exists to date.

December 13, 2021 at 13:00
Ceramics Room
Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle

Free for members of the Lobkowicz Collections. Visitors can attend the Spotlight with a Lobkowicz Palace Museum ticket.

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