Franz Xaver Messerschmidt at The Belvedere, Vienna.

A head of the game - the incredible work of a sculptor

In 1777 aged 40 Franz Xaver Messerschmidt confronting his demons, started a project to record extreme facial expressions of anguish using himself as a model. In total seclusion by the time of his death 6 years later, he had created nearly 70 Character Heads carved in alabaster or cast in lead. Sculptures of huge simplicity; haunting, shocking dis-ease.

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