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"There's only one extant portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach..."
I've seen at least two, including one of him as a good-looking young man.
There are several, but most of them are not accepted as being possibly
authentic or realistic. Some of them are even doubted to be of Bach at
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(What that rich German food will do to you!)
The person in the reconstruction is rather "bulky", but not because he
is "fat" but because of his basic bone structure preserved in the
Oh, come on. The reconstruction has a double chin and the neck is
almost as wide as the head. Of course that is all surmise by the
reconstructors, but you can't say he's just big-boned like Cartman.
It's not surmise. It's based on the Haussmann portrait. The double
chin is one of an older person with a little fat, but not much.
I see they gave him a bit of a
mulatto look ... why not
Does that mean he's related to that Moorish composer....Beethoven, I
think his name was. :)
(Sorry, Matthew, I just couldn't resist!)
Maybe Bach was half West Indian like George
And Bach's father was of course a
That's actually a very typical face for the area. I had never seen his
picture before but when I clicked on the link it immediately reminded
me of several people I know from my time in Thüringen, including one
guy who looks exactly like that, even with the same kind of moustache,
except he has shorter hair and wears glasses; and his family has lived
in the area for centuries.
I was trying to be ridiculous...
Of course, he could be Greek or
Dutch, or just about anything else.
But one can see how such thinking
Interesting, though, that you've seen
similar faces in the area.
Wherever you go, in many areas, especially but not only in the more
rural areas, you often see a spectrum of "typical" faces. That also
applies to some rural areas of former Eastern Germany (such as
Thüringen). People have of course become much more mobile than they
have ever been in the last century, in the last decades even, but
people in the former Eastern Block have been excluded from that
mobility until very recently. And, like I said, when I opened that
picture it immediately reminded me of several Thüringer I know, one in
particular. I wish I had picture of him.
Apart from the association to locals I know these pictures of Bach and
his father stir in me, and the memory of many places that I have been
to and played in where Bach also lived and performed, when I think of
Bach I also associate the very strong, very characteristic local
accent with my mental image of Bach and what he could have been like.
When historical people are portrayed in movies, they often speak the
modern "high" language, but most historical persons probably had very
strong local accents. It is said, for instance, that Beethoven had a
very strong accent from the region in the Rhineland that he was from.