During October, 1825 Beethoven established himself in the old monastery of the "Black Spaniards" where he remained--except for two months in the autumn, 1826--to his death in 1827.
CHURCH AND MONASTERY OF THE BLACK SPANIARDS IN VIENNA Pencil with water color by Ludwig Cserny Beethoven's apartment in 1825 was on the upper floor of the building near the church at the right of the reproduction. Five windows face the square: that above the main entrance and four facing toward the church. In the building at the left in the reproduction was the apartment of Beethoven's friend Stephan von Breuning with his family--it was in the so-called "Red House." (Collection de Breuning, Paris)
BEETHOVEN'S WRITING DESK After the composer's death it was acquired by Stephan von Breuning. (Bodmer, Zürich)
BEETHOVEN'S MOTTOES "I am what there is. I am everything that is, was and will be. No mortal has lifted my veil." -- "He is only by himself and to him alone do all things owe their existence." -- The sentences found in an Egyptian temple were copied by Beethoven in a German translation. He had put them up above his desk. (Collection Wegeler, Koblenz)
BEETHOVEN'S STUDY IN THE SCHWARZSPANIERHAUS Sepia by J. N. Hoechle The drawing was made in the study three days after Beethoven's death. Through the window one recognizes the steeple of St. Stephan's Cathedral. ( Historical Museum of the City of Vienna)
THE SCHWARZSPANIERHAUS After an engraving The former monastery had been secularized and was the property of the Count Somsich when Beethoven lived there. It was razed in 1904. ( Historical Museum of the City of Vienna)
PERSONAL BELONGINGS OF THE COMPOSER After Beethoven's death Schindler collected and preserved these articles faithfully. When he died they became the property of a collector and later were made part of the collections of the Beethovenhaus. (Beethovenhaus, Bonn)
VARIOUS OBJECTS ON BEETHOVEN'S WRITING DESK After the death of the master they also came into Schindler's possession: from left to right, a handbell with which he called the domestic; a bronze candle holder with the picture of Amor in a little ship, with a shade; two bronze paper weights showing cossacks on horseback; a bust of Lucius Brutus whom Beethoven greatly revered, and finally, a clock which had been a present of the Princess Lichnowsky. (Beethovenhaus, Bonn)