Lifetime Portrait Gallery

The classic positioning of Schubert was as a composer who died young and who was known just to a limited circle in his native Vienna. Nevertheless, we have a considerably larger number of pictures of him than you might expect. This is largely because his circle of friends and aquaintences was mainly populated by musicians, artists, writers, etc. Several of those artist friends produced lifetime portraits of him.

Questionable or Uncertain Lifetime Portraits

There are many more images that some claim are of Schubert. In most cases the evidence is completely lacking, and the claims are based on the fact that the image fits some facts about Schubert. In some other cases, the picture is certainly of Schubert, but we do not know when it was made.