Mustermann Family Portrait, November 2016
Framed in ornate Christiano silver. Approximately 1.2 metres by 1 metre.
The painting depicts ten people in total; Max Mustermann (39), Erika Mustermann (38), Rudy Mustermann (9), Fritz Mustermann (5), Albert Mustermann (68), Lena Becker (39), Oskar Becker (41), Sophia Becker (10), Julia Dietrich (34), and Peter Dietrich (35). The Beckers’ dog, Otto, is also included.
All family members are seated on wooden chairs in a non-descript art studio, with a dark wooden panelled wall in the background. All of them are dressed in formal attire. Facial expressions are reserved and pleasant.
Several family members have their hands clasped on their laps. Peter Dietrich has his arm linked with Julia Dietrich’s. Otto the dog is resting against the legs of Sophia Becker’s chair. All family members are facing forwards.
As a birthday gift to his father, Albert Mustermann, Max had commissioned an artist to paint the family. The 9th of November is not only Albert’s birthday, but also the death anniversary of his wife Greta Mustermann, née Schuler.
Guests who have viewed the painting have commented that at times there appears to be a 12th person standing amongst the family. When asked to point out the extra person, guests were unable to, stating that they do not recognise anybody unfamiliar.
Other guests have reported the opposite; that there would only be 9 people in the portrait. When asked to point out who is missing, they were unable to.
The family members would also become unrecognisable, and it would be as if it was a painting of “complete strangers”.
Several people have also reported seeing not Otto the dog in the bottom right-hand corner of the painting, but other objects: a pale severed human hand, an unidentifiable breed of dog, or simply a “black child-sized shadow” .
From 22 to 24 November 2016, the Mustermanns invited friends, immediate, and extended family over to their home for Thanksgiving. They received numerous comments about the painting which seemed to appear differently to each person who looked at it.
Some of these changes have been noted:
The family members would have dripping wet hair, drenched clothes, and the women would have make-up running down their faces
Everyone in the painting would have their backs turned to face the wall
The facial expressions would have changed from polite and formal to “grotesque and exaggerated” 
The heads of Rudy Mustermann, Fritz Mustermann, and Sophia Becker would be in their laps
All of the family members would be covering their faces with their hands, and when inspected closely, their nails would be stained yellow
Erika Mustermann, Lena Becker, and Julia Dietrich would have “impossibly long dark hair” going well past their backs 
On a single occasion, a family member had been viewing the portrait while eating a slice of pie. When she turned away for a moment, she felt her “plate jerk” and looked down at it, only to see that a few crumbs were left on the plate. Looking back up at the portrait, dark red stains could be seen around the mouth of Sophia Becker.
Other incidents not directly linked with the painting, but which also happened during the Thanksgiving period, include: the voices of Peter and Julia Dietrich heard from an upstairs bedroom while they were seen in the living room talking to guests, food being several portions short resulting in some people only having one serving or none at all, and the feeling of too many people crowded in the kitchen or living room when there would only be four to five.
It should be noted that none of the family members who are in the painting have ever reported seeing any changes, nor have they suffered the common effects their friends and extended family have said they have felt while viewing the painting. These effects include a sense of discomfort, pressure in the chest, and a shortness of breath. It has also been stated that when looking at the painting alone, one gets the feeling of there being “several people standing close all around you.”
Others have also reported seeing the family members blink or smile wider while walking past the painting, but when viewed a second time, the effect is not repeated.
Attempts to contact the commissioned artist have been unsuccessful throughout the investigation. The name card, contact number, and email address Max Mustermann was provided with are either missing or deleted.
All recorded correspondences or receipts have been misplaced or deleted. The artist has no known contactable friends or family, nor any associated businesses. None of the family members are able to recall his or her full name, appearance, or gender.
The painting is currently still in the home of the Mustermanns.
 These are the three most common sightings reported; in total there are more than twenty, all varying greatly.
 This description was offered by the interviewer as all of the interviewees had difficulties describing exactly how the facial expressions had changed, only that that they generally “did not look like people’s faces”.
 At the time that the portrait was painted, Erika Mustermann had shoulder-length auburn hair, Lena Becker had shoulder-length blond hair, and Julia Dietrich had blond hair at chin-level.