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Iconic Bach portrait returns to German composer's home city

A reconstruction of the face of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) next to a painting of the German composerThe best-known portrait of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach was welcomed back in his home city in an emotional ceremony Friday after an odyssey sparked when the Nazis came to power. Back in the city of Leipzig thanks to the largesses of a late US millionaire and classical music lover, the 1748 work was unveiled in a packed church, going on public view for the first time in centuries. “Bach is coming home,” said a tearful Barbara Scheide, daughter of the late US philanthropist William Scheide who died in November at the age of 100, having bequeathed the painting to the Leipzig Bach Archive.

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