About Portrait Bust – Messerschmidt Ultimate Simpleton (After 1770)
The German Enlightenment period artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt worked during his earlier career for important patrons such as Maria Theresa of Austria and the princess of Savoy. After his mental health condition began to deteriorate, Messerschmidt decided to live with his brother secluded in Bratislava. For the remaining six years of his life, he worked on his well-known 60 heads series of untitled character heads sculptures, including the Messerschmidt Ultimate Simpleton (1770) represented in this resin portrait bust. The ultimate simpleton, shows an expression of the head leaning forward while his lips clenched and eyebrows suggest and expression of both ignorance or disbelief. Scholars have compared Messerschmidt to the Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, in his emphasis of rendering portrait busts with likeness and naturalism while attempting to capture the personality of the subject. However unlike Bernini, the subject of his portrait busts was himself and therefore the significance of the 60 character portrait bust series changes, for it represents the attempt of Messerschmidt to capture the demons dwelling inside of all humans.
- Dimensions: 7.5″H x 5’W x 6″L
- Weight: 4.6 lbs (est)
- Material: Hand Painted Resin
- Inspired in the eighteen-century German sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt’s “Ultimate Simpleton”, part of his 60 character head portrait bust studies.
- Part of the Parastone Mouseion 3D Collection of highly collectible museum reproductions