seen - Franz Xaver Messerschmidt @Belveder/Orangerie, Vienna

note, pictures are from the official website. Thx.

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

1736 Wiesensteig, Bavaria to 1783 Preßburg/Bratislava

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, a Swabian, is one of the most fascinating sculptors of the Enlightenment. He worked in Vienna with great success for the imperial house under Maria Theresa. He was one of the first artists of his era to break away from the traditional pattern of prestigious baroque portraits and favour classicism. Around 1770 he went through a personal crisis, causing him to radicalise his work and way of life. It was then that he created his best known work group, the "Character Heads"……..