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This image tells the story of the contemporary fascination and admiration of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. During the 1780s, portraits of the young Mozart were quite popular; this meant that a portrait of a young man with a red suit was usually labeled as Mozart, so that it would sell for a higher price. The red suit is an integral part of Mozart’s iconic image, and could (hypothetically) be recognizable from just the vibrant red coat.

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