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Johann Ludwig Choulant (1791-1861?), Beethovens Schädel in drei Ansichten - Bleistiftzeichnung von Johann Ludwig Choulant

Beethoven-Haus Bonn, B 69

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On 21 June 1888 Beethoven's body was exhumed a second time, so that his mortal remains could be transferred to the Vienna Central Cemetery (Zentralfriedhof). This time there were only twenty minutes available for a medical examination, so the time was spent examining and measuring Beethoven's skull. It had disintegrated to such an extent that the surviving remains did not permit pouring a mould of the inside of the skull.

The drawing shown here was probably made on this occasion. In the old inventory of the Beethoven-Haus the following note was made about it: "Choulant, former Director of the Clinic at the Dresden medical-surgical Academy, is said to have made this drawing the second time Beethoven's body was exhumed in July 1888."(S.B.)




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