Earlier this month, CG Artist Hadi Karimi  unveiled new portraiture of Mozart via the wizardry of 3D renders and digital sculpting. I found ...

Mozart Emerges in New Digital Portraiture by Artist Hadi Karimi

Earlier this month, CG Artist Hadi Karimi unveiled new portraiture of Mozart via the wizardry of 3D renders and digital sculpting. I found his work to be hauntingly exquisite and plausible. Requesting to share his rendering and ask a few questions, I was delighted with his response and permission to publish! While I admire all four portraits which capture the composer in various angles and light, my favorite is of Mozart in shadowy profile. See three additional portraits in the addendum below. 

Past attempts to capture the Maestro's profile have often resulted in the polarizing extremes of Adonis and caricature. But what Hadi offers us exists in a next-level realm of technology and historically informed artistry (or shall I say HIP as in historically informed portrait!). See for yourself... 

Like any historian, I've wished for a time machine where I might be transported back in time to meet my subject in person. But gazing upon these new portraits was like meeting Mozart as only we can today. For all of the extant information we have about his appearance via portraiture, first-hand accounts, estate documents and locks of hair, I feel that Hadi's artwork is the most authentic attempt to produce his likeness I've seen to date. His decisions were made based on research and an artist's intuition. Everything I see on the canvas can be referenced and justified. Hadi's portfolio demonstrates his creative process in reimagining the image of Mozart. 

I was curious about Hadi's journey with the composer, his passion for bringing historical figures to life and whether or not he's considering other Mozart family members as future subjects. He responded: "As a portrait artist, I find it a great challenge trying to reconstruct those faces that were lost in history and all we have are paintings, masks and descriptions. And of course Mozart was one of the most interesting subjects I could have worked on and I’m happy that I did. Currently, I don’t have any plans for other members of the Mozart family but maybe I’ll give it a try in the future."

When I asked Hadi if he referenced the 1856 daguerreotype of Mozart's eldest son, he replied "Yes, I did research on Karl Mozart and other than the color of the eye and hair, his head's overall shape had some resemblance to the paintings of his father."  

Hadi didn't mention this to me or in his portfolio entry, perhaps because he wasn't aware of it, but a resemblance to the last living Mozart descendant is also notable and corroborating. Karoline Grau née Mozart, who died in 1965 at age 80, was the great-great-grandniece of Mozart's father Leopold. This is a photo of Karoline circa 1955. Neither of Mozart's sons married or had children. Bertha Forschter, the great-granddaughter of Mozart's sister Maria Anna, died in 1917. 

Digital portraits provide audiences with a sensory connection and experience that's invaluable to preservation efforts. Removing historical figures from their perceived mantle of greatness to reveal a tangibility that is human and imperfect, vulnerable and relatable, enriches our relationship. As they become more real and attainable, so does our objective to successfully tell their story.  



This article and the artwork are SOOOOO COOL! I was so happy to see this, sometimes I get upset when I know we don't know EXACTLY what our favorite composer looks like, so when I saw this article, I got so excited. I love how this is a REALISTIC portrait of him, as opposed to the typical ones that you see when you search "Mozart" on Google, like the classic, red jacket side view portrait, or the unfinished one in a somewhat green color, that is supposed to be a more accurate depiction. I LOVE how this artist that's featured in the article somewhat combined the two famous portraits of him and put them together to "compose" a realistic photo of Mozart! It felt so pleasurable and valuable to see him in a realistic portrait, and it's incredible to put a face to his incredible music. Such an incredible artwork and artist, and I love how this article breaks it down, it was so enjoyable to read. <3

Sherry Davis said...

Thank you, Jackie! I love (and share!) your enthusiasm for this new artwork! I appreciate your feedback about the rendering as well as my article. :) Knowing you're also an artist, I can't wait to see what you'll be creating next to bring Mozart and his world to life!

Anonymous said...

I have only just discovered this website and started to communicate with Sherry. I was very interested to see the digital portrait of this musical icon. Mozart's music is just in a sphere of its own and the humanity of all he wrote shines through in all his compositions.
Very interesting to see the picture of Karoline Grau, Leopold's descendant. I look forward to visiting this site often to share my love for and admiration of Wolfie!
Pauline Hall

Sherry Davis said...

Hi, Pauline! Welcome to The Chronicles...I'm glad you're here! :) What are your thoughts of the digital portraiture?