Famous Bach portrait returns to Leipzig
A painting which is probably the most famous portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach will return to Leipzig, Germany, after having been all over the world.
The portrait was painted by Elias Gottlob Haussmann in 1748 in Leipzig, where Bach spent the majority of his working life. It is a well-preserved copy of a 1746 original that has suffered damage over time.
Since 1930 the painting has been in possession of the family of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, whi is now a leading Bach expert and also president of the Leipzig archive.
The Leipzig Bach Museum will display the portrait from June 12, when a festival celebrating the composer's music will begin.