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A Hypochondriac

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Head of grimacing bald man from square block with incised numeral 36.

Provenance

1793, exhibited in Vienna [see note 1]. 1956, Johannes Jantzen, Bad Homburg, Germany; 1957, sold by Jantzen through Ernst E. Kofler, Lucerne, to the MFA for $2,880. (Accession Date: February 14, 1957) NOTES: [1] After Messerschmidt's death in 1783, a series of "character heads" were discovered in his studio. Of the 69 found, 49 were exhibited in Vienna in 1793. See "Wiener Zeitung" 89 (November 6, 1793), 5. The MFA bust is the original "Hypochondriac" (36th in the series).

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund, No. 2

Austrian, about 1775-80

Object Place

Austria

Dimensions

Overall: 42.6 x 25 x 23 cm (16 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

57.117

Medium or Technique

Lead

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture