Beethoven - Item #105
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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.
17 Inches High x 10 Inches Wide x 10 Inches Deep
This life-size bust depicts Ludwig van Beethoven, the famed German composer who lived from 1770 to 1827. The sculptor, the German Hugo Hagen (1818-1871), based it off of a life-mask that was taken in 1812 by Franz Klein (1779-1836) of the then 42-year-old Beethoven. There are copies of the sculpture at the château of Hradec nad Moravicí in the Czech Republic where Beethoven had been a guest of his patron, Karl Alois, 2nd Prince Lichnowsky.
Artist: Hugo Hagen
Time Period: Modern
1911 Catalog ID # - 5451 (fragment)
"Hugo Hagen (C. 1818-71) - Victoria, Princess Royal, later Empress Friedrich III of Germany (1840-1901)." Royal Collection Trust, https://www.rct.uk/collection/35414/victoria-princess-royal-later-empress-friedrich-iii-of-germany-1840-1901.
Knapp, Raymond L., and Julian Medforth Budden. "Ludwig van Beethoven." Encyclopædia Britannica, https://www.britannica.com/biography/Ludwig-van-Beethoven.
"Life mask of Ludwig van Beethoven." Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, https://www.gardnermuseum.org/experience/collection/19753.
"Ludwig van Beethoven - studied from the death mask [i.e. life mask] - color film copy transparency." Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/resource/cph.3g09589/.
Wiesnerová, Markéta. "Beethoven and the musical history of the Château of Hradec nad Moravicí." The Friends of Czech Heritage Newsletter, no. 11. Translated by Jana Sommerlad, Summer/Autumn 2014, https://www.czechfriends.net/newsletter.