This book examines a famous series of sculptures by the German artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783) 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 art's power and also critiques of the aesthetic limits that would be placed on that power.
Assoc. Prof. Michael E. Yonan (University Of Missouri) Imprint: Routledge Country of Publication: United Kingdom Dimensions:
Weight: 658g ISBN: 9781138213432 ISBN 10: 1138213438 Series:Studies in Art Historiography Pages: 194 Publication Date: 04 October 2017 Audience:
Further / Higher Education
A / AS level
Format: Hardback Publisher's Status: Active
Michael Yonan is associate professor of art history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century European art and material culture.