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Item Number: 144442
Title: MESSERSCHMIDT Character Heads : Maddening Sculpture and the Writing of Art History
Author: Yonan, Michael
Price: $149.95
ISBN: 9781138213432
Record created on 01/24/2017
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Available July 2017
Description: London-New York: Routledge, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, 232pp., 35 illus.

Summary: This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736Ė1783) known as his "Character Heads." These are busts of human heads, highly unconventional for their time, representing strange, often inexplicable facial expressions. Scholars have struggled to explain these works of art. Some have said that Messerschmidt was insane, while others suggested that he tried to illustrate some sort of intellectual system. Michael Yonan argues that these sculptures are simultaneously explorations of artís power and also critiques of the aesthetic limits that would be placed on that power.

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