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Thread #172240   Message #4168515
Posted By: GUEST,keberoxu
26-Mar-23 - 01:39 PM
Thread Name: Beethoven's death - DNA project
Subject: RE: Beethoven's death - DNA project
I would concur with Steve's observation that
portraits of Ludwig van Beethoven do not much resemble each other.
Some of them are purposefully idealised .

I have in mind one much-reproduced portrait of Beethoven which
is large enough in scale to include his hands, writing something.
The hands have these long slender tapering fingers on them,
highly elegant and delicate looking, very aesthetic somehow.
But I believe the contemporary descriptions of Beethoven
describe his hands as looking very different than this.