Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

1736 - 1783

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Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (February 6, 1736 – August 19, 1783) was a German-Austrian sculptor most famous for his "character heads", a collection of busts with faces contorted in extreme sexual expressions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt has received more than 153,503 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Franz Xaver Messerschmidt is the 56th most popular sculptor (down from 53rd in 2019), the 1,531st most popular biography from Germany and the 2nd most popular German Sculptor.

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Among sculptors, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ranks 56 out of 190Before him are César Manrique, Adriaen de Vries, Isamu Noguchi, Ageladas, Étienne Maurice Falconet, and Antenor. After him are Wäinö Aaltonen, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Cephisodotus the Elder, Paeonius, Andreas Schlüter, and Andrea Sansovino.

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Among people born in 1736, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ranks 11Before him are Jean Sylvain Bailly, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, James Macpherson, Rudolf Erich Raspe, and Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé. After him are Princess Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt, Friedrich Kasimir Medikus, Anton Graff, Edward Waring, Patrick Henry, and Johannes Nikolaus Tetens. Among people deceased in 1783, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ranks 9Before him are Johann Adolph Hasse, Grigory Orlov, Étienne Bézout, Carl Linnaeus the Younger, Yosa Buson, and Antonio Soler. After him are Johann Jakob Bodmer, Nikita Ivanovich Panin, Johann Kirnberger, Benedict Joseph Labre, Princess Caroline Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Christian Mayer.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ranks 1,531 out of 5,289Before him are Pascual Jordan (1902), Karl Eberhard Schöngarth (1903), William V, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1602), Albert III, Duke of Bavaria (1401), Christoph Scheiner (1575), and Carl Loewe (1796). After him are Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (1772), Wolf Biermann (1936), George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1484), Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg (1744), William Dieterle (1893), and John Cicero, Elector of Brandenburg (1455).

Among SCULPTORS In Germany

Among sculptors born in Germany, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt ranks 2Before him are Tilman Riemenschneider (1460). After him are Johann Gottfried Schadow (1764), Adolf von Hildebrand (1847), Adam Kraft (1450), Christian Daniel Rauch (1777), Igor Mitoraj (1944), Georg Kolbe (1877), Eva Hesse (1936), Gerhard Marcks (1889), Martin Kippenberger (1953), and Rosemarie Trockel (1952).