Was the 18th-century sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt out of his mind?

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Oct. 21 2010 10:27 AM

Tormented by Proportion

Was the 18th-century sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt out of his mind?

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Daniel Mason is the author ofThe Piano Tuner and A Far Country. He is currently at work on a novel about the early-20th-century interest in the art of the mentally ill.

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