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Busts

A bust is a sculpture of a human (or occasionally a horse) from the neck or shoulders up, usually designed to capture the distinctive likeness of the subject—a portrait in stone, bronze, plaster, wax, or wood. The term bust dates from the 16th century, from the French term buste, meaning ‘sculpture of upper torso and head’ though it may have been derived from the old Latin boro, ‘to burn,’ in reference to human-shaped Etruscan burial urns.

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Antigraceful, Umberto Boccioni

Antigraceful Umberto Boccioni, 1913

Atelier Composition, Man Ray

Atelier Composition Man Ray, 1933

Bust of Dr. Dio Lewis, Mary Edmonia Lewis

Bust of Dr. Dio Lewis Mary Edmonia Lewis, 1868

Bust of Nefertiti, Ancient Egypt

Bust of Nefertiti 1340BCE

Bust of Patroclus, William Henry Fox Talbot

Bust of Patroclus William Henry Fox Talbot, 1843

Emperor Antoninus Pius, Ancient Rome

Emperor Antoninus Pius 138 – 161CE

Etruscan Woman, The Etruscans

Etruscan Woman 300BCE

Gamin, Augusta Savage

Gamin Augusta Savage, 1929

Gwendolyn Knight, Augusta Savage

Gwendolyn Knight Augusta Savage, 1934 – 1935

Head, Antoine Pevsner

Head Antoine Pevsner, 1923 – 1924

Head and Shoulders, Henry Munyaradzi

Head and Shoulders Henry Munyaradzi, 1992

Head of a Vestal Virgin, Antonio Canova

Head of a Vestal Virgin Antonio Canova, 1821 – 1822

Head of Gudea, Mesopotamia

Head of Gudea 2144 – 2124BCE

Horse head Medici Riccardi, Ancient Greece

Horse head Medici Riccardi 325BCE

Lady of Elche, The Iberians

Lady of Elche 499BCE

Mlle Pogany, Version 1, Constantin Brancusi

Mlle Pogany, Version 1 Constantin Brancusi, 1913

Pallas with the Parthenon, François Auguste René Rodin

Pallas with the Parthenon François Auguste René Rodin, 1896

Portrait Head of John Henry, Augusta Savage

Portrait Head of John Henry Augusta Savage, 1940

Protome Carafa, Donatello

Protome Carafa Donatello, 1456 – 1465

Retrospective Bust of a Woman, Salvador Dalí

Retrospective Bust of a Woman Salvador Dalí, 1933

Reverie, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller

Reverie Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, 1930

The Head of Hammurabi, Mesopotamia

The Head of Hammurabi 1790BCE

Torso, Antoine Pevsner

Torso Antoine Pevsner, 1924 – 1926

Untitled, Bust, Antonia Eiriz

Untitled, Bust Antonia Eiriz, 1970

Untitled, Bust, Antonia Eiriz

Untitled, Bust Antonia Eiriz, 1970

Untitled, Bust, Antonia Eiriz

Untitled, Bust Antonia Eiriz, 1970

Untitled, Bust, Antonia Eiriz

Untitled, Bust Antonia Eiriz, 1970

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