Franz Xaver Messerschmidt
February 6, 1736, Wiesensteig, Swabian Alps – August 19, 1783
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was a German-Austrian sculptor most famous for his character heads, a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme facial expressions.
Graduated, he got work at the imperial arms collection. Here, in the building’s salon in 1760-63 he made his first known works of art, the bronze busts of the imperial couple and reliefs representing the heir of the crown and his wife. With these works he joined the Late Baroque art of courtly representation…