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Antonie Brentano

Antonie Brentano

Antonie Brentano and her husband, Franz, were Beethoven's close friends.  The couple commissioned Joseph Karl Stieler (1781-1858) to paint Beethoven's portrait in 1820.  The work has since become one of the most famous of all Beethoven likenesses.

Some Beethoven scholars have suggested that Antonie Brentano is the "Immortal Beloved," to whom Beethoven wrote letters which were found after his death.  Others disagree because (among other reasons) Beethoven was a good friend of both Antonie and Franz.  Indeed, Beethoven had once called them his "best friends in the world."

Letters between the Brentanos and Beethoven survive.  Several are now maintained at the Beethoven-Haus, Bonn.

Click on the image for a much better view.

See, also:

Portrait of Beethoven, commissioned by Franz and Antonie Brentano

Anton Schindler and the end of Beethoven's life


Media Credits

Portrait of Antonie Brentano by Josef Karl Stieler (1781–1858).  Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

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