Grotesque Mask - Item #31
Each piece is custom finished. Depending on a sculpture’s texture and level of detail, the look of a patina can vary. A slight variation in color from order-to-order is to be expected.
Unless otherwise noted, our reproductions are hand-cast in plaster and reinforced with burlap, fiber strands, and/or metal rods for extra strength.
FLAT WHITE: A unified, matte white finish. This is the optimum patina for cast drawing as it allows focus on form.
WHITE PATINA: A white finish with a light ivory tone added to the top surfaces.
LIGHT ANTIQUE PLASTER: A soft mixture of whites, grays, and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
ANTIQUE PLASTER: A dramatic mixture of grays and yellows to replicate the look of an aged plaster cast.
BRONZE: A rich brown finish with golden highlights to replicate the look of bronze.
STONE: A mixture of lighter tones to resemble natural stone.
DARK STONE: A mixture of darker tones to resemble natural stone.
SANDSTONE: A soft base color with warm highlights to resemble the look of natural sandstone.
TERRA COTTA: A variation of warm tones to resemble terra cotta.
ASSYRIAN STONE (Applies only to item numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 738): A two-tone patina augmenting the shallow relief sculpture and its stone texture.
TANAGRA PATINA (Applies only to item numbers 317, 318, 319, 320, 800 and 813): A finish that replicates the colors of the Tanagra figurines as shown in the product images.
9 Inches High x 8 Inches Wide x 4 Inches Deep
As the legend goes, this piece is purportedly Michelangelo's first marble sculpture. According to his biographers Ascanio Condivi and Giorgio Vasari, Michelangelo was studying in the gardens of Lorenzo de Medici, "il Magnifico", at around the age of fifteen. He was intrigued by an ancient work of a faun's head, and decided to make a copy of it. He imagined the parts of the face that were missing from the ancient piece, such as the mouth. While he worked, Lorenzo noted that the old faun likely wouldn't have so many teeth, so Michelangelo changed the appearance of the open mouth. Lorenzo at that point became Michelangelo's patron. His sculpture has since been lost, as has a mask of the head that was once in the Bargello National Museum in Florence. A 19th century sculpture by Emilio Zocchi depicting Michelangelo sculpting the faun can also be found in our collection as Item #32.
Time Period: Renaissance, c. 1489
1911 Catalog ID # - 13537
Barolsky, Paul. “Michelangelo's Marble Faun Revisited.” Artibus Et Historiae, vol. 20, no. 40, 1999, pp. 113-116. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1483668.
Crispino, Enrica. "The Meeting with Lorenzo de' Medici in the Garden of San Marco." Michelangelo. English edition. Giunti Editore, 2001, pp. 14. Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=xy8qxGlF4jcC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Goffen, Rona. "Michelangelo." Renaissance Rivals: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Titian. Yale University Press, 2004, pp. 75. Google Books, https://books.google.com/books?id=-Q7c3dIGsAQC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false.