According to the biographer Wolfgang Hildesheimer, Mozart pictured Don Giovanni as his alter ego. Therefore, on the poster advertising the opera, the portrait of Mozart is simultaneously the figure of Don Giovanni, the world-famous womaniser. His sexual passion is illustrated succinctly and unmistakably
by a nude female body set as a background within the contours of the portrait. Furthermore, the silhouette, a technique frequently used in the eighteenth century to draw simple portraits by tracing the outline of a subject, references the era in which the opera was written.